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Nitric acid leaking from a truck causes traffic to be rerouted

BREAKING NEWS -- BEAUMONT-- Nitric acid leaking from an 18-wheeler truck is causing traffic to be re-routed at Franklin and Park in Beaumont, according to police.

Police have established a 1-block perimeter and said it may been expanded.  The leaking nitric acid is causing hazardous fumes.  
The area around the leak is mostly empty buildings so no evacuation has been ordered

Teen dies after dispatcher tells 911 caller to 'deal with it yourself'

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (AP) -- A New Mexico dispatcher has been removed from duty after telling a panicked 911 caller who was trying to save the life of a shooting victim to "deal with it yourself."


Matthew Sanchez was reassigned after officials became aware of the call, fire officials said.


"An internal investigation has been initiated," Albuquerque Fire Chief David Downey said Monday in a statement. "I am taking the allegation very seriously."


The call was made after Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, was shot in June as he watched other teens play cards at a friend's house in Albuquerque. He later died. Police have not named a suspect and have made no arrests.


In the recording obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, the panicked caller snaps at the dispatcher for repeatedly asking whether Chavez-Silver is breathing.


During the call, the female says, "I am keeping him alive!"


Sanchez asks, "Is he not breathing?"


The caller responds, "Barely!"


She is then heard frantically encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep breathing.


"One more breath! One more breath!" she is heard telling the teen. "There you go Jaydon. One more breath! There you go Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me, OK? OK?"


The dispatcher then asks again, "Is he breathing?"


The female responded, "He is barely breathing, how many times do I have to (expletive) tell you?"


"OK, you know what ma'am? You can deal with it yourself. I am not going to deal with this, OK?" the dispatcher says.


It seemed from the tape that Sanchez hung up on the caller in mid-sentence.


"No, my friend is dying," she said as the call ended.


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Man says he petted zoo cougars after calling 'Here, kitty'

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) -- A man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus zoo and posted video of it on YouTube says he jokingly called "Here, kitty" and moved closer when the animals seemed to respond.


Joshua Newell of suburban Gahanna pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge and was found guilty. He was sentenced to four days in jail, with two of those suspended, and fined $200 plus other costs in Delaware Municipal Court, north of Columbus.


He left court wearing a T-shirt printed with the words "Cougar Love," WBNS-TV reported.


His video posted last week shows an outer fence being jumped, then two cougars being petted through another fence as someone says things such as "Kitty, kitty, kitty."


Newell, 35, told the station Tuesday that he had called out "Here, kitty" as a joke and assumed the animals wouldn't move toward him, but they did.


"I figured if the cat's going to go out of his way to get some loving, I'm going to go ahead and jump the barrier and show him some love," Newell said.


He said the encounter lasted several minutes.


"They were purring," he said. "They were so loving."


He said he may have acted like an idiot but also questions the level of access to the cats, saying it was "easy" to approach the inner fence.


Officials from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say safety and animal welfare are top priorities, and they have called the video "alarming." They want to keep the exhibit as it is to help the animals behave as naturally as possible but said they will have to consider changes if further breaches occur, WBNS reported.

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Two people arrested for cheating at Lake Charles area casinos

LAKE CHARLES, LA – Two Houston residents were arrested by Louisiana State Police Gaming Troopers after they were caught cheating in separate incidents at two different Lake Charles area casinos.


Louisana State Police say Long B. Nguyen, 44,  was playing Mini-Baccarat at a Lake Charles area casino on July 25, 2015,  The dealer waved off any additional bets and began dealing the cards.  Nguyen saw the winning hand and illegally placed a $25 chip on the winning Dragon-7 bonus wager resulting in a $1,000 payout. 

 

Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division located Nguyen in the casino and escorted him to their office.  After interviewing Nguyen, he was placed under arrest for cheating and swindling (LRS 14:67.18) and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

 

Louisiana State Police say Thu T. Vo, 41,  of Houston, was playing Mini-Baccarat at a Lake Charles area casino on July 27, 2015.  The dealer waved off any additional bets and began dealing the cards.   Vo saw the winning hand and illegally placed a $25 chip on the winning Dragon-7 bonus wager resulting in a $1,000 payout. 

 

Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division located Vo in the casino and escorted her to their office.  After interviewing Vo, she was placed under arrest for cheating and swindling (LRS 14:67.18) and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

 

If convicted, each faces up to five years in prison and/or up to a $2,000 fine.

Man charged with arson in fire that destroyed dozens of Houston apartments

HOUSTON - Investigators have charged a man with arson in a fire that destroyed dozens of Houston apartments.

Danny Isidoro, 18, is charged with Reckless Arson. Houston arson investigators arrested him.

The four alarm fire Tuesday destroyed dozens of units at the Gentry House Apartments in Spring Branch.

No one was hurt. Several firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

 

Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.


But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud.


After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room. So she unplugged the device and hid it in a place that her mother, Anjana Agarwal, still hasn't been able to find.


"I guess there is a difference between deciding to share something and having something captured by something that you don't know when it's listening," Agarwal said of her daughter's misgivings.


The Echo, a $180 cylindrical device that began general shipping in July after months of public testing, is the latest advance in voice-recognition technology that's enabling machines to record snippets of conversation that are analyzed and stored by companies promising to make their customers' lives better.


Other increasingly popular forms of voice-recognition services include Apple's Siri assistant on mobile devices, Microsoft's Cortana and the "OK Google" feature for speaking to Google's search engine. Spoken commands can also be used to find something to watch on some TVs, and an upcoming Barbie doll will include an Internet-connected microphone to hear what's being said.


These innovations will confront people with a choice pitting convenience against privacy as they decide whether to open another digital peephole into their lives for a growing number of devices equipped with Internet-connected microphones and cameras.


The phenomenon, dubbed the "Internet of Things," promises to usher in an era of automated homes outfitted with locks, lights, thermostats, entertainment systems and servants such as the Echo that respond to spoken words.


It's also raising the specter of Internet-connected microphones being secretly used as a wiretap, either by a company providing a digital service, government officials with court orders or intruders that seize control of the equipment.


"We are on the trajectory of a future filled with voice-assisted apps and voice-assisted devices," Forrester Research analyst Fatemeh Khatibloo says. "This is going to require finding the fine balance between creating a really great user experience and something that's creepy."


Fears about Internet surveillance have heightened during the past two years as former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden released documents revealing that the U.S. government's terrorist-fighting programs have included mining personal information collected by a variety of technology companies.


The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a watchdog group, wants the Federal Trade Commission to set security standards and strict limitations on the storage and use of personal information collected through Internet-connected microphones and cameras.


"We think it's misleading to only present the potential conveniences of this technology without also presenting the huge number of possible drawbacks," said Julia Horwitz, director of the center's privacy project.


The FTC believes companies selling Internet-connected devices and apps should collect as little personal data as possible and quickly delete it once the information has served its purpose, said Kristen Anderson, an attorney with the commission's division of privacy and identity protection.


Amazon.com says Echo users don't need to worry about the device eavesdropping on them. As a safeguard, according to Amazon, the device's microphone is programmed to come on only after it's activated with the press of a button or the use of a certain word, such as Alexa, the name of the software that powers the Echo.


A blue light on the Echo also comes on when it's recording and remains illuminated when it's listening. Users can also select a sound to alert them when the Echo is recording. Amazon also allows users to review the recordings made by the Echo and delete any or all of them, although the Seattle company warns the device might not work as well without access to the audio history.


The Echo so far is getting mostly glowing reviews. It has received a five-star or four-star rating from about 90 percent of the roughly 23,000 reviews posted on Amazon.com.

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