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Banned From Amazon: The Shoppers Who Make Too Many Returns

Even Inc. AMZN -0.26% has its limits.

The e-commerce giant bans shoppers from the site for infractions such as returning too many items, sometimes without telling them what they did wrong.

Amazon has cultivated an image as a customer-friendly company in part by making it easy for shoppers to send back items they don’t want. The site’s lax return policies have conditioned consumers to expect the same treatment from other retailers, adding to pressure on brick-and-mortar chains. But shoppers are finding out there are some customers Amazon has determined aren’t worth keeping.

Nir Nissim received an email in March notifying him that his account had been closed because he violated the company’s conditions of use agreement...

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Railway systems could be hackers’ next big target — and derailing trains wouldn’t be that hard

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Last year’s WannaCry cyber attack hit 200,000 victims from over 150 countries.The ransomware showed cyber attacks don’t merely stay in the virtual world but can have real, and potentially devastating consequences in the physical world.Experts say attacks could easily target critical infrastructure, even take over trains in a railway system.It’s more important than ever to protect the physical, not just virtual, parts of railway systems.

In early May of last year, the world was rocked by the WannaCry cyber attack, which affected more than 200,000 victims and spread to over 150 countries. Computers had essentially been taken hostage by ransomware, and users were asked to pay up in the form of bitcoin.

Law enforcement agencies, health services, telecommunication networks, u...

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Fashion draws attention at Iroquois Steeplechase

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Pastel blazers, floral dresses and wide-brimmed hats dominated the fashion scene at the annual Iroquois Steeplechase horse race in Nashville.

But it’s those who took a departure from the preppy ensembles who got all the attention.

That’s what happened to Carolyn Smith Bryant, a New York City transplant who now lives in Leiper’s Fork.

Just a few feet away from the grassy track, where horses cleared hurdles on the 3-mile track, attendees lightly tapped her on the shoulder and asked, “Can I take a picture with you?”

Despite the heat — temperatures hovered around the mid-90s Saturday afternoon at the 77th annual Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park — Bryant wore a floor-length orange dress made of a light material...

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Frantic 911 Calls Followed Georgia Plane Crash

Moments after a military cargo plane crashed into a Georgia highway, rattled motorists began dialing 911 to report the large aircraft plunged nose-first into the blacktop before erupting into flames and thick smoke. (May 7) AP

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Southwest Passengers Describe Window Crack

Passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines jet that made an emergency landing on April 17, were given a scare when the plane’s window cracked a second time Wednesday, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. (May 2) AP

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Planning a wedding? This app is like an Airbnb for wedding venues

One of the most complicated things about planning a wedding just got a little easier. Buzz60’s Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more. Buzz60

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New Texans GM Brian Gaine feels well-prepared for first draft

For two decades, new Texans general manager Brian Gaine has been part of the scouting process.

He’s worked in virtually every capacity in pro and college scouting.

And the Bill Parcells disciple has been a part of multiple successes and failures in being a part of the talent evaluation process.

From his time with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Texans, Gaine feels ready to run his first draft in tandem with his scouting department and coach Bill O’Brien.

"With great humility, I would answer it this way; I’ve been doing this for 20 years in scouting and in personnel," Gaine said. "I’ve had the opportunity to be general scout, I’ve done pro scouting, I’ve done college scouting, I’ve been a director, I’ve been an assistant general manager.

"I’ve had great partners, grea...

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Starbucks CEO: I’m going to fix this

Starbucks CEO: I’m going to fix this

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson met with the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia store to discuss what measures the company can implement to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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Silicon Valley Powered American Tech Dominance—Now It Has a Challenger

Now, a surge of new money—mostly from China—has helped drive funding totals into the stratosphere and has transformed the venture landscape, according to an exclusive Wall Street Journal analysis of venture funding data.

Asian investors directed nearly as much money into startups last year as American investors did—40% of the record $154 billion in global venture financing versus 44%, the Journal’s analysis of data from private markets data tracker Dow Jones VentureSource found. Asia’s share is up from less than 5% just 10 years ago.

That tidal wave of cash into promising young firms could herald a shift in who controls the world’s technological innovation and its economic fruits, from artificial intelligence to self-driving cars.

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More wintry weather before midweek warmup

Chicagoans can finally look forward to a bit of spring weather later this week but must endure more wintry weather before it arrives. Sunday will dawn sunny but with near record low temperatures hovering near 20. Afternoon highs will peak near 40 as clouds increase ahead of the next weather disturbance, which is expected to bring a period of snow that will arrive Sunday night and depart Monday morning. An inch or two could accumulate, mainly on grassy areas, before the system exits Monday afternoon with some sprinkles or flurries and chilly upper 30 temperatures for the Cubs home opener.

This spring’s persistent chill will ease a bit Tuesday before a sharp warmup arrives Wednesday, boosting temperatures to around 60, the city’s warmest readings since late February...

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