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Spyware can infect your phone or computer via the ads you see online – report

Claire Seungeun Lee, UMass Lowell Each day, you leave digital traces of what you did, where you went, who you communicated with, what you bought, what you’re thinking of buying, and much more. This mass of data serves as a library of clues for personalized ads, which are sent to you by a sophisticated network – an automated marketplace of advertisers, publishers and ad brokers that operates at lightning speed. The ad networks are designed to shield your identity, but companies and governments are able to combine that information with other data, particularly phone location, to identify you and track

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Man hit by car, killed while crossing San Jose street

A man who walking across the street in East San Jose was killed after being hit by a car.  According to police, at around 7:50 p.m., the victim was crossing South White Road just north of Quimby Road when he was struck by a  2015 BMW sedan. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was outside of a marked crosswalk, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. The woman remained at the scene of the collision and cooperated with investigators. Anyone with information is asked to contact San Jose police Detective O’Brien at

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Violence after San Rafael’s Guatemalan Independence Day

Two were shot and another was stabbed in violent incidents after the peaceful celebrations of Guatemalan Independence Day.  According to police, over 1,500 attendees took part in the celebrations at Northgate Mall. The events ended with no major incidents.  After the events, gatherings occurred in the Canal neighborhood, along Medway Road, Canal Street, Pickleweed Park, and other cross streets.  Due to the large gatherings, traffic jams ensued.  At midnight, San Rafale police started to clear the crowd due to sideshow and reckless driving activities. In the process, violence broke out and several law enforcement agencies were dispatched, including the Marin

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What are strike funds? A labor-management relations expert explains

Raymond Gibney Jr., Penn State When people go on strike, their employers don’t pay them. That makes it hard for workers who have walked off the job to keep paying their bills. Union members have an advantage during strikes because they can get help with housing, food and other essential expenses through payments from strike funds. These payments only cover basic expenses and generally don’t fully replace lost income. Members pay dues and fees to finance their unions. Every month, members of the United Auto Workers, for example, pay the equivalent of what they earn in two hours to their

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US autoworkers launch historic strike: 3 questions answered

Joshua Murray, Vanderbilt University The United Auto Workers union, or UAW, has told workers at three factories to go on strike after failing to agree on new contracts with each of Detroit’s major automakers. The contracts expired at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2023. By midnight, the union posted a strike declaration on its website. The strike will force General Motors, Ford and Stellantis – the global company that builds Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge vehicles in North America – to halt some of their operations. “Tonight for the first time in our history we will strike all three of

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Woman loses limbs after bacterial infection from tilapia

A woman contracted a bacterial infection after eating fish and is now a quadruple amputee.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning about a bacterial infection that people can get by eating raw or undercooked fish or exposing an open wound to coastal waters.  A San Jose woman likely got this infection after eating undercooked tilapia.  Laura Barajas, 40, has had her limbs amputated while battling a bacterial infection. “It’s just been really heavy on all of us. It’s terrible. This could’ve happened to any of us,” said Barajas’ friend Anna Messina. According to Messina,

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Oakland mother killed after being struck by stray bullet

A shooting Saturday night killed a sleeping woman.  Around 9:45 p.m., the Oakland Police Department said a shooting occurred at the 3600 block of 38th Avenue near Masterson Street. Later, it was revealed that the shooting victim was an innocent bystander who was inside her home, one block away from the shooting.  The victim was sleeping when at least one stray bullet hit her.  She was a mother of two children. “I am absolutely horrified to hear of the senseless act of violence that occurred in the Laurel last night,” Ramachandran said in a statement to KRON4. “A mother of

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