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  • United Airlines(BOSTON) -- Authorities are investigating an incident where a United Airlines flight failed to stop and hold short of an active runway and almost crossed into the path of a landing JetBlue flight at Boston Logan International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.Friday evening, United Airlines flight 1946, was returning to the gate due to a maintenance issue. According to a Boston Logan spokesman, the Boeing 737 entered a “safety area” of the tarmac before the runway, which triggered a sensor that set off an alarm in the control tower.GD Pennington, a passenger on the plane, tweeted, “Close call with our pilot slamming the brakes.”Air traffic controllers told United Airlines flight 1946 at least five times to “hold short of runway 27.”The pilot of the United flight responded, “We’re short.”As a precaution air traffic controllers told the approaching Jet Blue flight to execute a “go around” according to the airport spokesman. “The United Airlines aircraft never actually got onto the runway,” the airport spokesman said. “This was an example of the system working perfectly.”A United Airlines spokesman said the pilot of the Boeing 737 stopped the aircraft to avoid snow on the tarmac, and the JetBlue flight’s execution of a “go around” was “completely unrelated” and “coincidental.”A similar incident occurred last October at San Francisco International Airport when an Air Canada flight failed to respond to six separate calls from air traffic control tower to abort its landing because an aircraft was already on the ground. The FAA said they are investigating that incident as well.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Customs officials searched more travelers’ electronic devices in 2017 than any previous year.In fiscal year 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted 30,200 searches, up nearly 60 percent from 19,051 in 2016.The number of searches of cellphones, laptops, tablets and other electronic data spiked from 2015 to 2016 and the upward trend continued last year.The record month was in August, with 3,133 searches of electronic devices.CBP is authorized to search any device of any international traveler -- both U.S. citizen and non-citizen -- as they leave or enter the United States, similar to a bag search.About 80 percent of searches are of non-U.S. citizens. Only diplomats are exempt.Just a fraction of travelers have their electronics searched. Approximately 0.007 percent of arriving international travelers processed by CBP officers in 2017 had their devices searched.The number of searches has gone up over the past few years because travel has increased, more people carry devices and CBP has trained more officers in the search process, according to a senior CBP official.CBP also released an updated policy directive this week, which provided clarified guidance and standard operating procedures for searching, reviewing and retaining information found on these devices.The bureau issued the new directive to clarify public questions over the issue, as well as give “crystal clear” guidance to officers conducting the searches in the field, according to the senior CBP official.The directive clarifies that only data found on the physical device at the time of travel can be reviewed by customs officials. Information stored on the cloud that’s not already downloaded cannot be viewed.In addition, officials are instructed to ask travelers to turn off their data transmission capability, such as putting a phone in airplane mode, before an officer looks at the phone, so that cloud data won’t inadvertently be viewed.Officers are instructed to document passwords only for the purposes of opening a phone or other device, according to the directive. CBP officers must destroy the password once the device is opened.The directive also distinguishes “basic” and “advanced” searches. A basic search is a review of the content on the phone. An advanced search is when CBP is required to conduct further forensic testing to retrieve the data.In order to do an advanced search, it must be based on “reasonable suspicion” of a violation of the law or a “national security concern” and requires approval by a higher-level officer.The majority of searches are basic searches, said CBP.If someone refuses to unlock a device, the device can be detained by CBP.U.S. citizens will always be allowed to enter the U.S., but their phones could be held back -- generally for no more than five days.For non-citizens, refusal to open a device could lead to denied entry. If incriminating information is found, CBP officers could refer the case to an investigative agency, like the FBI, or for non-citizens, deny them entry into the U.S.People are selected for an electronic search based on a number of factors, including travel pattern, prior intelligence and answers to interview questions.CBP has policies against racial profiling but said that country of origin can play a part in whether someone is searched, according to the CBP official.These searches help detect evidence relating to terrorism and other national security matters, human and bulk cash smuggling, contraband, and child pornography, as well as financial and commercial crimes, according to CBP.A “good number” of the searches that lead to inadmissibility involve national security-related content, said a senior CBP official.Images of terror groups, like ISIS and images of torture have been found during these searches, according to CBP.“In this digital age, border searches of electronic
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  • Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Social media giant Twitter published an explanation of its policies about the content posted by "world leaders" Friday, as a growing chorus of President Donald Trump's critics has urged the company to suspend the leader.In a blog post titled "World Leaders on Twitter," the company wrote that updates from the accounts of persons who have an "outsized impact on our society" are reviewed "within the political context that defines them.""Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," the post reads. "It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions."While the explanation from Twitter made no reference to Trump or any other particular leader, it came three days after the president posted a message addressing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, referencing the United States' and North Korea's respective nuclear arsenals."North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'" wrote Trump. "Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"Critics of the president were quick to note that the tweet could have been in violation of Twitter's rules and policies, which prohibit threats of violence, targeted harassment and the promotion of hateful conduct, among other restrictions.Similar claims have been made over the course of Trump's political career as he used his account to identify individual journalists, politicians and other figures with whom he took issue. Twitter claims the right to enforce its rules by requiring the deletion of offensive content and temporarily or permanently suspending accounts."All individuals accessing or using Twitter’s services must adhere to the policies set forth in the Twitter Rules," the company states on its rules page.In Friday's post, the company noted that "no one person's account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences [its] decisions."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street continued its winning streak on Friday and the Labor Department released its monthly jobs report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 220.74 (+0.88 percent), finishing the session at 25,295.87.The Nasdaq jumped 58.64 (+0.83 percent) to close at 7,136.56, while the S&P 500 finished trading at 2,743.15, up 19.16 (+0.70 percent) for the day.Crude oil prices were 0.73 percent lower at about $61.50 per barrel.Jobs Report: The U.S. added 148,000 jobs in December, according to the Bureau of Labor, less than what was expected for the busy holiday retail month and less than the 250,000 jobs added in November. Unemployment held at 4.1 percent.Winners and Losers:  Tech stocks continued to rally-- Apple was up 1.14 percent, Microsoft jumped 1.24 percent, and Amazon climbed 1.62 percent.Shares of Barnes & Noble sunk 14.18 percent on Friday after reporting disappointing holiday sale numbers. Retail sales fell 6.4 percent compared to 2016 and online sales tumbled 4.5 percent.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The actual Super Bowl is next month, but this Sunday is what at least one online dating site calls the “Super Bowl Sunday for love.”The first Sunday of the year has also been called "Dating Sunday" because of a spike in people logging online on that day to find romance, according to dating sites.Match.com, for example, is predicting a 42 percent increase in signups by new singles coming to the platform Sunday to find a partner. On the first Sunday of 2017, 2.75 million messages were sent via Match, the site said.On Tinder, the dating app on which you swipe left or right to show interest, more than 44 million matches were made on "Dating Sunday" last year, the company told ABC News. In comparison, a typical day on Tinder has around 26 million matches.In addition, nearly 10 percent of all swipes in January typically happen on that first Sunday in January, according to Tinder."People have resolved to be more adventurous and try something new, so we’ve noticed that more and more people sign on to Tinder during the first Sunday of the month," said Rosette Pambakian, Tinder's vice president of brand marketing and communications. "Sunday is traditionally the busiest day of the week for Tinder use, and the 'try something new' mindset [with the new year] really amplifies this."ABC News also reached out to dating site Plenty of Fish but did not hear back as of this writing.Kristie Jorfald, a 31-year-old celebrity stylist and one of the more than 100 million single people in the U.S., told ABC News she is turning to online dating this year in her search for a romantic partner."I would love to find someone that is independent, self-motivated," Jorfald said.What are some tips for helping singles like Jorfald find success in online dating?Dating expert Bela Gandhi said one thing to remember is that trying to find love on a dating site requires commitment and patience.“Dating is a marathon and not a sprint so you have to get up and do something on a daily basis,” she said.Gandhi also said to be cautious if you feel butterflies when meeting someone new as that could be a sign of underlying concern about the person you're meeting rather than excitement.When looking for a partner, Gandhi said to focus on important qualities like kindness, reliability, loyalty, integrity and supportiveness.Gandhi, the founder of Smart Dating Academy, offered four more tips for Jorfald and others trying to find love as the “Super Bowl Sunday for love” approaches.Tip 1: Stick to 1 or 2 age-appropriate sites."If you're in your 20s, Bumble is my favorite at this point," she said. "When you're in your 30s and 40s, Match is my favorite site."Our Time is dedicated to singles over 50 and EHarmony is also great for those age brackets," she added.Tip 2: Choose a dynamic photo.Ninety percent of online dating success is based on photos, experts say.Gandhi recommends choosing a photo that shows you doing things that you enjoy doing.Tip 3: Don't move too fast.Speak by phone before you meet your online match in person, Gandhi suggests.For safety reasons, Gandhi also recommends keeping your number private with Google Voice. The service creates an alternate phone number and can be erased at any time."You can tell so much about someone. You can separate their cyber-personality from their real personality," Gandhi said.Tip 4: Don't be too much of a skeptic.Gandhi said to look at love with what she calls "psychotic optimism.""It means love will come to me," she said. "It's a 'when.' It's not an 'if.' 'I am in it to win it.'"
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