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76ers apologize to Sevyn Streeter for not allowing her to sing National Anthem

The Philadelphia 76ers have apologized to Sevyn Streeter and invited her to sing the National Anthem on a different night.

Streeter was slated to sing the National Anthem at the 76ers home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. Minutes before her performance, Streeter was informed she would not be singing, presumably because she was wearing a jersey with the words, “We Matter”, written on it.

“We are sorry that this happened. After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing,” read a statement released by the team. “We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back.”

“I didn’t think it was right,” said Sixers guard, Gerald Henderson. “We talked about it and collectively we thought that was the best decision [to let her sing in the future]. We felt like she should have been able to sing, and for whatever reasons, that didn’t happen. I think it is a good idea to reach out to her, and hopefully she can come back and sing her song.”

“Coach [Brett] Brown came to us and allowed us to come up with an idea of what to do,” said forward, Jerami Grant. “He gets it. He knows how we feel about this, he knows me and a couple other guys didn’t like what happened with the decision not to allow her to sing.

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A Colorado mother saved her son from a mountain lion attack

A mother saved her five year old son from a mountain lion attack in Colorado.

The attack occurred Friday night. The mother, who is yet to be identified, ran outside when she heard screams. Her five year old son had been playing with an older brother when a mountain lion arrived.

“[She] was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion,” reported Alex Burchetta, spokesperson for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. “[She] had to physically remove the lion’s paws from her son’s face.”

She received minor injuries to her hands and legs as a result of the altercation. Her son suffered injuries to his face head and neck, but the Aspen Valley Hospital reported that he was in fair condition.

The boy was transferred to a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The mother has been released from the hospital.

“[The increase in mountain lion sightings is] likely due to a growing human population encroaching on lion habitat in conjunction with a robust lion population in the state,” explained Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

According to the CPW, such lion attacks are rarely aimed at humans. Statistically there have been less than a dozen humans killed by mountain lions in North America over the last 100 years.

“Most of the attacks were by young lions, perhaps forced out to hunt on their own and not yet living in established areas,” continued Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Young lions may key in on easy prey, like pets and small children.”

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A company under fire for racist T-shirt and cardboard pairing

The company, Just Add a Kid felt the full force of the internet when they placed a T-shirt with a monkey print with a cardboard cutout headpiece of a child of African descent. Twitter went to a stand still when someone uploaded the photo.

The company quickly came to the defense of their line saying that it was misunderstood and taken out of context. “We are looking into all the situations that led to this little incident, ” said Co-creator Lowell Cohen. “We are looking at the vendor; we are speaking to the employees.”

The company makes children’s clothes says that their concept is to make think they can be anyone and anything. The T-shirts are animated animals, professions and people doing different activities. They place the cardboard cutout of children from various descents, but in no way did they authorize the placing of the child cut out of African heritage with the monkey.

“The head shots on our hangers are intended to show the different cultures of our happy customer, and are distributed separately from the clothes,” said Lowell Cohen. “This this case one of our retailers paired a particular hanger with the T-shirt not considering how it may affect customers.”

The organization has declined to mention the name of the retail shop or its location fearing action from angry customers. He did try and distance the company by saying that the cut out hangers and the clothes are sent separately, and it is up to the retailer to hang them as they please.

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A First: Marine Corps will assign female officer to infantry

For the first time, the Marine Corps plans to place a female officer in the infantry following her expected graduation from its tough training program, officials said Thursday.

The woman, a lieutenant whose name has not been disclosed, is the first female officer to complete the rigorous Infantry Officer Course, according to a report by The Washington Post. She completed the 13-week program’s final graded requirement in a grueling combat exercise Wednesday.

The Infantry Officer Course, or IOC, is so tough to pass that about one-quarter of students fail to make the grade. The new female infantry officer is the first woman to complete the course out of some three dozen who have attempted it.

This historic first comes nearly two years after the last remaining restrictions on women in the military were lifted. The Marine Corps first opened the Infantry Officer Course to women on an experimental basis in 2012, but of the 32 women who tried to complete it before the research ended in 2015, none were successful. At the end of 2015, the Pentagon opened all jobs to women.

The first female infantry officer will be serving in a part of the military that has been hostile to the idea of gender integration. A 2012 survey found that three-quarters of active-duty Marines opposed it.

The Marine Corps is working to change the service’s culture, according to its senior leaders.

“There’s no doubt we’re leading cultural change,” said Brig. Gen. James Glynn in January. “It’s not the first time that’s happened in the Marine Corps. We’ve been known to take challenges on.”

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A hacker creates a way to steal all your passwords from your Chrome browser

Only weeks after Google’s Chrome was stated to be the biggest browser in the world a hacker has come forth and explained how easy it is to steal information of the browser.

The hacker explained that he used the auto fill sequence so popular with modern browsers. What he does is send a bait site to the unsuspecting hack victim.

These are often dummy sites that resemble popular well-rated websites. The victim will often use the auto fill option and send the details of the login to the hacker.

“A hack has been discovered in some modern web browsers that can use the “Autofill” feature to allow cyber thieves to view user names, emails and even passwords,” said David Snelling from Express UK.

But this technique has been used for a while now so what makes this new method different. The hacker explained that with his method Chrome doesn’t just send the details of that particular login. Instead, it sends all the save passwords and personal information.

The information includes CVV numbers, bank account information and every other piece of information saved in your browser.

This could be catastrophic if not looked into because many people today have all their bank and personal setting saved on Chrome.

The hacker explained that the worst part is that he did not need any specialized tool to carry our his malice just the chrome browser.

But it’s not just Chrome that is susceptible to this hacking. All the modern browsers that have the ability to auto-fill your information can suffer this.

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A first: Oregon to offer third gender option on state IDs

Oregon has become the first state in the nation to offer a third gender option on state identification cards. Now, Oregonians can choose to mark an X instead of M for male and F for female.

“It’s exciting to see Oregon’s Department of Motor Vehicles adopt this change, ” said Basic Rights Oregon Co-Executive Director Nancy Hague, in a statement. “We know gender is a spectrum and some people don’t identify as male or female.”

Oregon is the first state to give legal recognition to ‘non-binary,’ intersex, and gender people on identification cards. The new rule goes into effect July 3.

“I’ve trembled with the fear of failure and cried tears until I had no more tears to cry, because of the magnitude of what’s been at stake — and now won,” said Army vet Jamie Shupe, who is the first in the U.S. legally to change their gender to non-binary, in an NBC News report. “But in the end, the huge legal and non-binary civil rights battle that I expected to unfold going into this never came to pass; simply because this was always the right thing to do all along.”

Non-gender specific markers have been used for years in some other countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal.

During public hearings held in May in Eugene and Portland, 71 people spoke in support of adding the new X marker. Only 12 people opposed the measure.

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Netflix users are freaking out over this ‘true story’ horror flick

Horror fans are obsessed with new Spanish film “Veronica.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the scary Netflix movie…

What’s the plot of Veronica?

The film is about a young girl called Veronica who makes contact with her late father using a Ouija board.

She invites her friends, Diana and Rosa, and initially they intend to reach out to Diana’s dead boyfriend.

But things don’t go to plan, and Veronica passes out during the seance, which takes place during a solar eclipse.

Over the next three days, the supernatural goings-on escalate and the film ramps up the scare factor.

Is Veronica a true story?

What makes Veronica so scary is that is is based on a true story.

In 1992 Madrid police investigated the mysterious death of a young girl.

She passed away in the hospital shortly after meddling with a Ouija board.

The case was never really solved and remains “unexplained” to this day – spooky.

Who’s in the cast of Veronica?

Spanish actress Sandra Escacena plays the title role of Veronica.

She has previously starred in the 2011 gothic Spanish version of “Snow White,” Blancanieves.

Rosa is played by Ángela Fabián, who starred in the Spanish fantasy series “El Don de Alba” by John Gray.

Carla Campra plays the role of Diana and has most recently appeared in the film “Everybody Knows,” about a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires.

Who is Paco Plaza?

Paco Plaza is a Spanish director from Valencia.

He is best known for his 2007 horror “REC” about a TV reporter who gets locked inside an apartment building.

His new film “Veronica” was first released in August 2017 and became available on Netflix on Febr. 26, 2018.

The scary movie earned Plaza a Goya nomination for best director.

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Ad blocking software is costing publishers big time

While advertisements can often feel unwanted and invasive, they are the lifeblood of the internet. Advertising sustains the vast majority of available content, but pesky popups and data mining software bring up serious issues about the user’s experience online. Noble programmers have developed a set of tools called Ad blockers, that push aside some of the less pleasing adverts and streamline the online experience.

According to a report from the New York Times, however, the free software is costing online advertisers a pretty penny. Ad blockers have been around for years, but more and more people are adopting their use as a crucial part of the online experience.

While the software undeniably improves the internet for the user, many publishers and advertisers have taken issue with the falling revenues. A new report from Adobe and PageFair estimated that ad blocking software has cost publishers a shocking $22 billion this year alone. 200 million people are currently using ad blocking software, representing a 41 percent global increase over the last year.

Most ad blockers are used on desktop web browsers, but Apple’s new iOS9 will include support for the software when it is released this fall.

With the use of ad blockers on the rise, and the very real possibility that an influx of mobile users will make the increase even steeper, online publishers are facing a huge issue. Savvy advertisers will respond to the consumer’s demand for less invasive adverts, and the best advertisements will be the ones users don’t realize they’re viewing.

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Aaron Rodgers says Packers need to rebuild

Aaron Rodgers said that the Green Bay Packers need to reload for next season.

After a 44-21 loss in the NFC Championship game to the Atlanta Falcons, sports analysts pointed to injured star receiver, Jordy Nelson, as a large portion of the dismal showing. The defensive backfield and running game of the Green Bay Packers also played a large part in an up and down season for the Wisconsin team. Super Bowl Champion quarterback, Rodgers, however, said that a total rebuild was not necessary for a team that fell one game short of the National Football League Super Bowl.

“We need to reload. I don’t think we need to rebuild; we need to reload. We got a lot of players who are young. … We just need to reload a little bit this offseason,” said Rodgers.

Rodgers went so far as to go out on a limb for players on the current Green Bay Packers roster who he believed should be resigned.

“I think we had a lot of great contributions this season from guys we didn’t expect starting the season out,” said Rodgers. “You got Geronimo Allison, who had a very big year for us. Aaron Ripkowski was fantastic. Jared Cook, I think, needs to be near the top of the priority list, the way that he played this year. The offensive line, keeping those guys together was a big part of our success. I’m really proud of these guys. We battled. We had our backs against the wall for eight weeks in a row and won some big games. We just came up a little short.”

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A woman streams video of her boyfriend’s shooting

Diamond Reynolds streams live footage of her boyfriend being shot on Facebook. The boyfriend is seen leaning back in the driver seat, breathing heavily in pain. Diamond is holding up her phone saying that her boyfriend told the cop that he was licensed and that he had a firearm, but he was only reaching for his license.

The officer tells him to put his hands up, and as he did, the police shot him four times. The lady kept pleading with the cop throughout the video telling him that her boyfriend was licensed and that he did say to him that he had a firearm.

The police’s face is not seen, but you can hear his agitated voice as he tells the woman not to move her hands. “He let the officer know that he had a firearm, and he was reaching for his wallet and the police just shot him in his arm,” says Reynolds in her broadcast. “Please don’t tell me this, Lord. Please, Jesus, don’t tell me that he’s gone. Please, officer, don’t tell me that you just did this to him. You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.”

The most disturbing bit about the video is that the couple was with their daughter, and she experienced every grisly moment of her dad being shot and her mother being arrested and taken to the station. She is heard several times in the background as the mom is being arrested, telling the police to let her go with her mother to the back of the patrol car.