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7 things to know now: Midwest recount; Cyber Monday; self-lacing shoes; Castro funeral
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7 things to know now: Midwest recount; Cyber Monday; self-lacing shoes; Castro funeral

7 things to know now: Midwest recount; Cyber Monday; self-lacing shoes; Castro funeral
Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, hands out a special edition of the Miami Herald with the headline "Castro Dead," in front of the Versailles Restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami as members of the Cuban community react to the death of Fidel Castro, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, died at age 90. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

7 things to know now: Midwest recount; Cyber Monday; self-lacing shoes; Castro funeral

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Recounting votes: President-elect Donald Trump joined in on the conversation about voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election Sunday when he tweeted about the call by Green Party candidate Jill Stein for a recount of votes in three Midwestern states. Trump also took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s campaign on the news it had joined Stein’s efforts in the recount. "I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. Later he tweeted that there had been "serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California."  

2. Concentration camp routine: The wife of the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused a stir in Russia by performing an ice skating routine while dressed as a Nazi concentration camp prisoner. Tatiana Navka, a former Olympic ice dancer, and her partner both wore striped uniforms with a yellow six-pointed star on the chest. The routine, they said, was based on the movie “Life is Beautiful,” about a man in a concentration camp who pretends for the sake of his son that their internment is a game.

3. Castro funeral: The island nation of Cuba will prepare for the funeral of Fidel Castro this week. Castro, who led the revolution to overthrow the Cuban government in 1959, ruled the country for nearly 50 years before turning over power to his brother, Raul in 2008. Castro’s funeral will be held Sunday.

4. Self-lacing technology: If tying your shoes has become a chore and you are one of a small number of Nike app users, the future has arrived for you today. Nike is releasing the self-lacing shoe Monday for purchase by some select customers. Inspired by the shoes seen in the movie “Back to the Future II,” the pair will lace and unlace themselves by pressing a button, according to Nike. The price for the footwear of the future? A cool $720 when they hit select stores for the rest of us on Wednesday.

5. Hall facing charges: According to some media reports, actor Anthony Michael Hall has been arrested on felony battery charges stemming from a fight with a neighbor that happened in September. The man is said to have suffered a broken wrist and a back injury after Hall allegedly threw him to the ground.

And one more

While self-lacing shoes may not be on most Christmas lists, computers, TVs, tech gifts and toys sure are as millions take to their electronic devices to shop on Cyber Monday. On what is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, retailers are looking to expand their holiday profits with discounts on everything from Apple products to laptops to gaming devices. According to Adobe Digital Insights, retailers hope consumers will add to the $3.34 billion spent shopping online on Black Friday.

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  • Jacksonville police are asking for your help finding the suspect in a reported sexual battery. We’re told a suspect approached a victim from behind in the 1200 block of S McDuff Avenue, in the Riverside area, around 11 AM Monday, April 3. JSO says the suspect forced the victim to the ground and committed a sexual battery. The suspect is described as a black male, late teens, 5’5” to 5’7”, 125 lbs, who has acne on the front of his neck. If you have any information on this incident or this suspect, you’re asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • Tornadoes tracked across parts of Texas on Saturday, leaving behind a swath of damage, injuring dozens of people and killing at least four, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Preliminary reports to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth indicated that as many as three tornadoes raked over parts of Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains counties in eastern Texas. Crews will survey the damage Sunday to determine the strength of the twisters. 'We have a lot of injuries,' a dispatcher with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office told KXAS-TV. The dispatcher added that there was “a lot of damage.” At least five people were killed in the storms, according to KTVT. None of the victims have been identified. One person was found dead in a pasture in Canton, the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department told KTVT. The Canton Fire Department told KXAS-TV that another person was killed along Highway 64 when a tornado threw the person’s vehicle. Nearly 50 people were taken to hospitals with a variety of injuries after the tornadoes struck, including one with critical injuries. A dispatcher at the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press that “officers were chasing numerous injury reports.” Video from local television stations shows uprooted threes, damaged homes and overturned cars along roadways.
  • Guess who’s coming to dinner? Mark Zuckerberg! In their wildest dreams, an Ohio family couldn’t imagine hosting dinner for one of the wealthiest people in the world, and talking about politics and an African charity they support with the Facebook founder and CEO, but that’s exactly what happened. >> Read more trending news Members of the Moore family said they didn’t know Zuckerberg was coming to dinner until about 20 minutes before he arrived, according to The Vindicator of Youngstown. “I knew we were having a mystery guest, and that was about it,” Moore told the Youngstown newspaper. “It was completely incredible.” Zuckerberg has been traveling the country talking to people, after announcing on Facebook in January that he wanted to meet people in each state this year to talk about technology and globalization and its impact on Americans. His team set up the dinner with the Moores >> Related: Mark Zuckerberg no longer atheist, announced revelation on Facebook In a Facebook post, the tech mogul thanked the couple and shared a picture. “Just got into Ohio. Thanks to Dan and Lisa Moore for welcoming me into your home for a wonderful dinner.” Moore and his wife, Lisa, talked with Zuckerberg about politics and their work with Kisiizi Good Shepherd Orphanage in Uganda, The Vindicator reported. Zuckerberg told the Moores he’d help with a fundraiser to benefit the orphanage. “We got to know a very cool guy,” Moore said. “Just down-to-earth and real easy to talk to.”
  • A spread sheet listing about 8,000 customers, along with their transaction and a range of personal information, was posted for an unknown amount of time, on a Home Depot web site. No financial data was part of the list, which did not compare with the 2014 data breach in which hackers installed software that provided them with personal and financial information for 56 million Home Depot customers.  >> Read more trending news “This recent cache of customer data that was exposed on HomeDepot.com is of a different type and scale than what was harvested during Home Depot’s breach of 2014,” wrote the Comsumerist, a part of the Consumer Reports organization. “While the spreadsheets contained no credit card data, bank account information, or Social Security numbers—which are considered legally protected data—the level of transaction detail was extensive.” Company spokesman Stephen Holmes said the information was taken down just as soon as it was discovered, although he wasn’t sure exactly when that occurred. “That happened a while ago,” he said. The information was posted online through a combination of technical glitch and human error, Holmes said. The lists in this case were hosted under the Home Depot web domain so they were accessible to the public. However, they would be seen only by someone who knew where to look. >> Related: Judge blocks data breach suit against The Home Depot Still, the fact that any customer data was listed on the web is a problem that “raises a variety of questions,” the Consumerist wrote. “For instance: How frequently does this sort of thing happen? Do companies have any obligation to tell consumers if their data is exposed this way? And perhaps most important for the people whose names and information was listed in these documents: Just how potentially damaging could this data be if it fell into the wrong hands?” Home Depot spokesman Holmes said there has been no indication thus far that anyone retrieved and misused the information.  Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity expert who runs KrebsOnSecurity.com, told the Comsumerist that data such as names, addresses and customer service details could be used for “pretexting,” a scam in which the scammer convinces the that they have a pre-existing relationship – and then uses that to get valuable information.  Krebs broke the story of Home Depot’s breach in 2014. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here Customers who wanted to see if their information was in those spreadsheets can check by calling Home Depot’s main customer service line: 800-466-3337. “We have 1.5 billion transaction a year, so the chances that somebody calls at random and they are on the list are pretty small,” Holmes said. “But if a customer calls, we’ll tell him if his information was there.”    
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