TSA Searching Electronic Devices on Domestic Flights

There are a growing number of reports that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is searching the electronic devices of passengers on domestic flights in the U.S., says the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has sued the federal agency for records, The Guardian reports. The ACLU Foundation of Northern California filed suit on Monday demanding that the government disclose its policies for searching the computers and cellphones of domestic travelers, arguing that anecdotal accounts have raised concerns about potential privacy invasions. “We’ve received reports of passengers on purely domestic flights having their phones and laptops searched, and the takeaway is that TSA has been taking these items from people without providing any reason why,” says the ACLU’s Vasudha Talla. “The search of an electronic device has the potential to be highly invasive and cover the most personal details about a person.”

Read more…

Sessions is reportedly mulling a recommendation to fire former FBI deputy director McCabe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly reviewing a recommendation to fire former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe for authorizing bureau officials to speak to reporters and misleading investigators looking into the matter.

The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility reportedly made the recommendation in advance of McCabe’s planned retirement on Sunday. The New York Times broke the story, and the Washington Post and ABC News followed with reports. The stories are based on anonymous sources.

McCabe could lose his retirement benefits…

Read more…

911 recordings reveal Apple’s problem of employees walking into walls

https://arstechnica.com/?p=1269421

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new Apple headquarters during a media event in Cupertino, California on September 12, 2017. (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Apple Park, the massive donut-shaped Apple headquarters that Apple finished building last year, is an architectural marvel. The building makes extensive use of massive, floor-to-ceiling glass panels, giving the illusion that the building blends seamlessly into the surrounding forest. But when Apple started letting employees use it in January, they discovered a big problem: they kept running into glass windows and doors. In the first few days, three people suffered injuries serious enough to require calls to 911. “I walked into a glass door on the first floor of Apple Park when I was trying to go outside,” one person said in a January 4 911 call obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. He said he hit his head but didn’t suffer serious bleeding.

Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said Officer Rosario Herrera, a police spokeswoman. Video captured by The Associated…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/sns-bc-us–frances-mcdormand-stolen-oscar-20180305-story.html

Coyotes on the prowl in South Florida

Pet owners, beware the coyote that may be lurking in some South Florida neighborhoods.

A pair of coyotes recently attacked and killed a cat inside a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens.

Trappers have been getting calls about coyotes in recent months from Hollywood to Boca Raton and beyond.

Because of Florida’s temperate climate, mating season for coyotes is pretty much year-round, said Paul Zambrano, a trapper with Bandit Wildlife Management. And that means pet owners need to be on the alert throughout the year, he said.

Jill Jackson, a resident of the Garden Oaks neighborhood in Palm Beach Gardens…

Read more…