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Beware of New IRS Email Phishing Scam

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IRS Scam Alert The 2016 Tax Season is right around the corner, a NEW IRS ALERT warns IRS reminds tax preparers to remain vigilant and alert to new phishing scams. Earlier this year, the IRS warned tax professionals to be on the lookout for continuing attempts to compromise various types of personal data. It has come to our attention that there are a few new phishing scams to obtain e-services information, and one is in the form of an email. These scams are asking e-services users to update their e-services information.

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History Professor Ethan Schmidt at Delta State University in Mississippi Killed Breaking News

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Delta State University officials have confirmed that one person has been killed and say they have locked down their campus after there were reports of an active shooter on campus. Local Police are now reporting the person killed was history professor Ethan Schmidt. University spokeswoman Jennifer Farish confirmed that the lock down began Monday morning and that students, faculty and staff are being advised to take shelter. http://www.deltastate.edu/ The university’s Twitter account is keeping staff and students up to date:   Campus remains under lockdown. Please do not leave the building. Stay away from windows. More information will be sent out as available. — Delta State (@DeltaState) September 14, 2015 “Fortunately for us, our public safety officers and university officials have trained many of us for active shooter situations,” Don Allan Mitchell, an English professor, wrote in a Facebook message to The Associated Press. “Many students are locked-down in classrooms, and professors and staff members are telling them the protocol. Plus, we are all texting and Facebooking each other to make sure we are safe.” He said police helicopters were in the air, and officers were sweeping buildings. Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding. The 3,500-student university is in Cleveland, …

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Google has a New Logo

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Google’s New Logo Revealed Google revealed their new family of logos earlier today in an announcement on their official blog.  An excerpt of that announcement is shown below: So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop! Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens.

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FTC Shuts Down Vemma Pyramid Scheme That They Claim Preys on College Kids

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FTC Claims that recruits could make as much as $50,000 per week selling its nutritional beverage Vemma, energy drink Verge or protein shake Bod-e. At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an alleged pyramid scheme, Vemma Nutrition Company, that lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich without having a traditional 9-to-5 job. The FTC seeks to stop the operation, which earned more than $200 million annually in 2013 and 2014 and has affected consumers throughout the United States and in more than 50 other countries, from continuing as an unlawful pyramid.

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3 Ways to Search the Ashley Madison List

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Last month a team of hackers called “the Impact Group” had claimed to break into the popular cheating site, Ashley Madison.  While millions of users and divorce lawyers waited to see if the group had indeed successfully hacked the Ashley Madison site, the website released a statement claiming there was a hack, but no one had posted any actual user data yet. To read the full background on the Ashley Madison hack click here.

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US Labor Department Seeks Nominations for Newly Created Workforce Information Advisory Council

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The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking nominations for members of the new Workforce Information Advisory Council. The council is being established as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, enacted on July 1, 2015. The council will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to address the evaluation and improvement of federal and state workforce and labor market information systems, and how the department and the states will cooperate in the management of those systems.

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MSHA Calls For Stepped Up Enforcement After Accidents Claim 3 Miners’ Lives

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Deadly 24-hour period prompts closer scrutiny of mining deaths. In the wake of a deadly day in mining in which three miners lost their lives in separate incidents in Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia on Aug. 3, the Mine Safety and Health Administration is stepping up enforcement efforts and intensifying outreach and education nationwide. In a conference call with industry stakeholders today, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main expressed his concern over the alarming number of recent deaths. “In the past month alone, there have been five fatalities in the metal and nonmetal industry. Not since 2002 have three miners died in a single day in this mining sector. We cannot — we will not — accept this turn of events. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the miners who died in these tragic accidents,” said Main.

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Participate in Presidential Debate with New Election HQ App

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Participate in real time with the Fox News Facebook Debate Event. Tune in to the debates on Thursday, August 6th from 5pm and 9pm ET to participate live in real-time using your smartphone. Listed below is the link to download the Election HQ App and instructions on how to participate. First, download the Fox News Election HQ 2016 App for iPhone or Android. When the debate begins, launch the Election HQ app and tap on the “Join the Interactive Debate” button on the main screen or go to the section marked “Debates” and select the current debate. Scroll to the candidate that is currently speaking:  Agree with what he or she is saying? Tap the thumbs up.  Disagree with his or her statement? Tap thumbs down.  Think he or she just avoided the question entirely? Tap “Dodge.” As you score each candidate’s response, you’ll see a tally on the right-hand side with how they’re doing. After the debate ends, you’ll receive your results! Your personal scorecard will show you which candidate you most agree with, least agree with and who you thought dodged the most questions. Moderated by Special Report anchor Bret Baier, The Kelly File anchor Megyn Kelly and …

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OPM Announces Steps to Protect Federal Workers and Others From Cyber Threats

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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving Federal background investigation data and the steps it is taking to protect those impacted.  Throughout this investigation, OPM has been committed to providing information in a timely, transparent and accurate manner.  As information has become available and verifiable, the agency has updated Congress, the Inspector General, Federal employee representatives, and – most importantly – those that are affected.  This announcement is the latest in this series of updates, and OPM will continue to provide additional information going forward.

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