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Mahathir Mohamad, 92, becomes Malaysia’s newly elected prime minister: reports

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, became the world’s oldest elected leader after he was sworn-in Thursday as Malaysia’s new prime minister in a stunning election win.

In a huge political victory, former Mahathir’s opposition alliance broke the grip on power of the Barisan Nasional (BN), which had governed Malaysia uninterrupted since its birth as an independent country in 1957.

Mahathir who had previously ruled the country with an iron fist for 22 years made an astonishing comeback out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak after he was embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.

Mahathir was officially sworn-in as prime minister by King Sultan Muhammad V, at the national palace in a ceremony deeply rooted in centuries-old Muslim Malay tradition.

Dressed in traditional Malay dress, Mahathir took the oath of office in a elaborately decorated room, with political allies and senior government officials in attendance.

“I, Mahathir Mohamad, after being elected as prime minister, swear to carry out my task with all my ability and that I will be loyal to Malaysia and preserve and defend the constitution,” he said.

There was celebration in the streets and fireworks lit up in the night sky across Kuala Lumpur.

Azlan Shah, a member of Mahathir’s party said he was “very proud” and that “our struggle to change Malaysian politics is not wasted. We believe Mahathir can make a change,” he told AFP.

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Iraq announced it had captured five senior ISIS officials: reports

The three-month long U.S.-Iraqi intelligence operation has produced meaningful results as Iraq announced Thursday it had captured five senior ISIS officials.

The U.S.-led coalition in the fight against ISIS insurgents released a statement confirming the news, using an Arabic term for the terror group.

According to The New York Times, the officials, who have been hiding in Syria and Turkey, included a top aide to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi known as Ismail Alwaan Ithawi.

It was gathered that Iraqi forces had reportedly sent information on Ithaw to Turkish authorities, who arrested him in February and then moved him to Iraq.

Subsequently,  Ithawi was then interrogated by Iraqi and American forces in an effort to get information on the other official’s whereabouts.

Afterwards, the U.S.-led coalition then used the intel to launch an airstrike last month that took the lives of 39 suspected ISIS militants in Syria, according to the Times.

Officials then got Ithawi to persuade the other ISIS members to move closer to a trap set up by Iraqi and American forces, which led to their arrest.

This development signals a strengthening in the partnership between U.S. and Iraqi forces in the fight against ISIS, as well as a major intelligence blow against the group, says a U.S. official.

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Verizon quietly launches new affordable phone carrier service to keep up with customers

Verizon has launched a new more affordable phone carrier called Visible, according to a report by PhoneArena.com. The company secretly unveiled the company, charging only $40 for monthly service that including unlimited talk, text, and data in the U.S. The carrier uses Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Users looking to access the service need to subscribe to Visible after being invited to join from a current subscriber. Those that received an invitation to join can download the app for the Apple App store. Here, they can fill out personal information and include the invite code they were provided in the invite.

Verizon then sends a SIM card to users the next day. SIM cards can be placed in phones, which then activates the Visible service. Top data speeds for the Visible network top out at 5 Mbps. Videos are played at 480 p. The network is only available for iOS currently.

Visible doesn’t require a contract for subscribers and does not cap data usage performance. Payments for the Visible service are made through PayPal or Venmo. Visible currently can only be used with iPhones models that have been unlocked.

Verizon added the Visible service as a way to keep subscribers under its company umbrella.

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NTSB to investigate another Tesla crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun an investigation into a Tesla crash that killed two teenagers and injured another, according to the Green Car Report. The 2014 Tesla Model S, was reported to have run off the road, hitting a concrete wall, and catching on fire. It killed the two teenagers inside the car while injecting the third from the vehicle. The accident happened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The driver of the vehicle, Barrett Riley, and passenger Edgar Monserratt were both killed in the incident. According to police reports, speed may have been a factor in the accident, and there is no reason to believe the AutoPilot was the cause. The police did say; they are investigating the Tesla’s battery pack to understand what caused the car to burst into flames so quickly.

The Tesla vehicles incorporate a cylindrical lithium-cobalt aluminum battery. The battery is mounted on the car’s floor extending the width of the vehicle. This is a similar arrangement that is used in most electric cars. Lithium-ion batteries are known to be highly flammable, which has caused automakers to build a barrier around them for protection as well as using a cooling system to keep temperature sustainable.

Tesla’s batteries pass all federal safety and crash test standards in the U.S. and other markets.

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Change Of Address Could Land Man Up To 20 Years In Jail

Dushaun Henderson-Spruce may have pulled a fast one by submitting a U.S. Postal Service change of address, requesting that UPS’ Atlanta address be changed to his Chicago apartment address, according to a report by NPR.

Henderson-Spruce made the address change on Oct. 26, 2017, to which the post office dually complied. Henderson-Spruce received some of UPS’ mail, including as much as $58,000 in checks which he cashed from the company. The U.S. Postal Service has corrected the issues, and the Postal Inspector is investigating the incident.

Mail from UPS was forwarded to Henderson-Spruce’s apartment for a total of three months, where he received thousands of pieces of mail addressed to the company. A criminal complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court, after the Postal Inspector, tipped off by UPS, searched Henderson-Spruce’s apartment and found 3000 pieces of mail addressed to the company.

Henderson-Spruce claimed the incident was a mix-up and that his identity had been stolen. The U.S. Postal Service did not think it was unusual for the man to receive so much mail as many of its customers take a large volume of mail on a daily basis.

For Henderson-Spruce, the crime comes with one count of a misdemeanor bank fraud for the stole checks, and he faces five to 20 years in prison for federal charges of mail theft and mail fraud.

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FCC issues $120 million fine against robocall operator

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined a robocall operator $120 million for placing nearly100 million spam calls, according to a report by Gizmodo. The fine is the largest forfeiture ever issued by the FCC for the offense.

The fine was placed against Adrian Abramovich of Miami, Fla. The man placed a total of 96 million unsolicited calls, offering an “exclusive” travel deal. The deal was fake and used a technique of “neighboring spoofing” to make the auto-dialed calls appear local to callers.

When answered, callers would hear an automated message offering a deal from companies such as Marriott, Expedia, Hilton, and TripAdvisor. Those that accepted the offer were transferred to a foreign call center where they would be aggressively pitched a vacation package or timeshare.

In court, Abramovich didn’t deny making the calls but claimed that it wasn’t a big deal, arguing that 96 percent of the calls were less than one minute because most people hung up.

The FCC issued the fine to Abramovich as part of its effort to stop spoofing and robocalls from occurring and thwart others from engaging in the same behavior. It isn’t expected that Abramovich will be able to pay the fine.

The Federal Trade Commission received 4.5 million complaints about robocalls in 2017.

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Teacher Thinks Panicked Student Is Ditching Class, Learns Truth & Pens Heartfelt Letter.

Some high school students will do anything to get out of a boring day in class.

So, when a ninth-grade pupil suddenly asked her teacher if she could be excused to go to the office, he assumed she was just trying to get out of a lesson. But that wasn’t the case at all. The teen’s sibling, Reddit user badiosa, shared the truth behind her actions in a recent poignant post.

Badiosa wrote, “my sister (who is in 9th grade) struggles with depression and panic attacks daily. while in class, she started to have a panic attack and her teacher assumed she was trying to ditch class when she asked to be excused to the office.” The professor later “found out what had really happened,” so “he wrote this to her.”

What follows is a beautiful letter about mental health and the importance of caring for your body and your mind.

“Mental health is every bit as important as physical health. I admire and respect anyone with the courage to seek help in order to be more mentally and emotionally healthy.

You are never alone in your struggle, there are always people here for you, so long as you can be open and honest with us. We can work with you and be flexible to make sure you don’t fall behind or get into trouble. We can help make the bad days not so bad.

Stay strong and continue to make progress, bit by bit, each day. Ask for help when you need it and don’t be afraid to fail. It gets better.”

While many commenters were quick to point out that the teacher didn’t apologize for his assumption, others noted that it wasn’t necessary because the sentiment was to offer help and support.

Another commenter shared their own experience with a teacher who was very supportive of them during tough times in high school.

Badiosa’s sister’s teacher could have simply brushed off the exchange and moved on, but he took the time to offer support. That’s a great educator right there!