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News of the week
Here are the top news stories from the past week:
- Malware that hit computers a year ago could cause you to lose Internet capabilities on Monday, the FBI said. The agency believes probably 64,000 computers in the U.S. are affected and 277,000 worldwide. A hacker attack last year infected almost 600,000 computers, and the FBI realized the computers would be unable to access the Internet if the hackers’ servers were shut down, so it put the computers on new servers. Those will be shut down Monday, however.
- One man wants to help solve Detroit’s problems by building a zombie theme park in an abandoned neighborhood. Mark Siwak hasn’t raised much money yet for Z World, but he says the apocolypse theme park is a creative solution to the city’s financial problems. Some people aren’t pleased with the plan, however, and say it’s exploitative.
- "It's hard for an employer to hire somebody when you don't know what the tax rates are going to be in six months. There's just too much uncertainty." - John Silvia of Wells Fargo, responding to Friday’s jobs report that employers added 80,000 jobs in June, a number that was low enough to keep the unemployment rate the same.
- George Zimmerman’s second bond hearing saw a judge set the amount at $1 million. Zimmerman’s previous bail was revoked after it was learned he and his wife had lied about their finances, the court said. Zimmerman is charged in the death of Trayvon Martin.
- "In the first minute after the autopilot disconnection, the failure of the attempt to understand the situation and the disruption of crew cooperation had a multiplying effect, inducing total loss of cognitive control of the situation." – Report on Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing 228 people. The report blamed the crash on pilot error.
- A student from the University of Texas at San Antonio was attacked by chimpanzees while he was working at Chimp Eden animal sanctuary in South Africa, officials said Tuesday. The student apparently was in a “no-go” area of the chimps’ enclosure to remove a rock when he was attacked by two chimps. The attack was witnessed by tourists. The student is in critical condition.
Page 2 of 2 - - "His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life." – Ron Howard, responding on Twitter to the death of Andy Griffith. Howard and Griffith both worked on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Griffith died Tuesday at the age of 86.
- "It was the scariest thing I've ever been through. Just to give you an idea, it was somewhere between a movie and a disaster ride at a park." – Mark Cohen of New Jersey, talking about weekend storms that damaged his property and caused a power outage. Cohen is one of about 2 million customers who are without power because of storms across the U.S., and officials say it may take until the weekend to restore everyone. Meanwhile, those same areas are suffering through record heat, and it’s not expected to let up this week.
- A new Twitter record was set Sunday during the European Championship final, with more than 15,000 tweets per second being sent near the end of the game. The amount is a record for a sporting event, the previous record being for this year’s Super Bowl, when 12,233 tweets per second were sent.
Video of the week: Fireworks fiasco as whole show blows up in 15 seconds
Officials in San Diego say a technical glitch set off the fireworks at the "Big Bay Boom" all at once. The whole show was over in 15 seconds.
GateHouse News Service