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Feds fine dating site for making fake profiles

Turns out I'm not actually that popular with the ladies of flirtcrowd.com. The Federal Trade Commission has fined UK-based JDI Dating for using fake, computer-generated profiles to trick users into upgrading to paid memberships.

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Sign up for 'Wasting time on the Internet' 101

You can now get college credit for watching all those cat videos. The University of Pennsylvania is offering a class next semester titled "Wasting time on the Internet," in which students will "focus on the alchemical recuperation of aimless surfing into substantial works of literature."

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Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.

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Movie theaters ban Google Glass, other wearables

That idea you had about bringing your Google Glass to the movie theater to surreptitiously record Ben Affleck bare all in "Gone Girl"? Don't even think about it, the movie industry says. It announced late Wednesday a "zero tolerance policy" towards wearable recording devices.

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Failure of rocket off Virginia investigated

Teams of investigators were out at daybreak Wednesday examining damage to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility after an unmanned rocket exploded shortly after launch on the Virginia coast, NASA spokeswoman Rachel Kraft told CNN via email.

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NASA

Will rocket failure affect space industry?

Orbital Sciences, which built the Antares rocket that exploded in a massive fireball Tuesday, described the explosion as a "catastrophic failure." It certainly looked like it. Will this failure also be a setback for the burgeoning private space industry?

Verizon Wireless

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Verizon ad tech raises privacy concerns

Attention Verizon Wireless customers: you may be getting tracked online.

Apple Pay

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Apple Pay rival CurrentC just got hacked

Apple Pay rival CurrentC has been hacked.

Paycheck, check, payroll

iStock

Fraudsters use paycheck selfies to steal bank details

A word of advice to Instagram users: don't post selfies with your paychecks.

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Twitter

Christie 'bongs' tweet blamed on autocorrect

The Twitter account for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joked about the "dangers of autocorrect" after a typo led to a deleted tweet.

NASA rocket launch explosion

NASA via CNN

NASA rocket's explosion: What happened?

When a rocket contracted by NASA burst into flames seconds after liftoff, its supplies for the International Space Station disappeared in an orange fireball.

White House

Emily Schultze/CNN

White House hacked

Hackers have broken into an unclassified computer network used by President Barack Obama's top advisers.

Environmental Headlines

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Partial solar eclipse on Thursday at sundown

The cosmos will cast an afternoon delight over the country on Thursday with a…

Beijing Marathon smog

Beijing Marathon competitors brave smog

If running a 42 kilometer foot race was not tough enough, Sunday's Beijing…

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DiCaprio, Netflix team up for documentary

What do you get when you combine gorillas, Leonard DiCaprio and Netflix?

A hit, the…

Whole Foods

Whole Foods' new environmental ratings for food

Is your food environmentally sound? That's a tough one to answer in the produce…

Bottled water, BPA

Grandmother brings relief to homes in Calif. drought

California's historic drought has finally delivered its ultimate devastation:…

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Lego ditches Shell after Arctic oil protests

Lego is set to ditch a 50-year relationship with Shell after coming under intense…

Local Headlines

21st Annual Solvang Haunted House Opens Thursday Night

The 21st Annual Haunted House at the Solvang Festival Theater will be open Thursday…

Santa Maria Police Report Stolen Car Inside Garage

Santa Maria Police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious house fire…

Danny Duffy in the World Series

Danny Duffy Fans Gather to Watch World Series Finale

Game Seven of the World Series Wednesday night did not go the way Danny Duffy fans…

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Military Plane Crash Near Point Mugu

The civilian pilot of a privately owned Hawker Hunter aircraft died when his plane…

Political Attack Ad Sparks 24th District Dispute

Congressional candidate Chris Mitchum said an ad for Rep. Lois Capps misrepresented…

Homicide in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Police Investigating Woman's Murder After Reported Domestic Dispute

Santa Barbara police are investigating a murder Wednesday morning.

What's Right

Rescue Mission Needs 800 Turkeys for Holiday Season

Thanksgiving may be five weeks away, but the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is in…

Goleta Woman Raises Thousands For Friend

Goleta Woman Raises Over $22,000 For Friend With Stage 4 Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Goleta woman decided to raise…

Students Learn About Agriculture In Kinderpatch

Students Learn About Agriculture in ‘Kinderpatch’

In the spirit of the fall season, hundreds of kids from Orcutt and Santa Maria…

Media Center Ribbon Cutting At Bishop Diego High School

Media Center Now Open at Bishop Diego High School

Bishop Diego High School unveiled a brand new media center Thursday night. The…

Community Walk in the Eastside

Community Walk in the Eastside

The Coalition for Sustainable Transportation, hosted a community walk on the…

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Women's Honor Farm Quilt Donation

Inmates at the Women's Honor Farm in collaboration with Restorative Partners…

Irresistible Headlines

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Hookah lounge sued over burned breasts

A woman who says her breasts were burned by hot coals is suing a hookah lounge in…

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Naked man crawls through doggie door in police chase

When police in Oregon tried to arrest a sex offender on a parole violation Tuesday…

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Dog returns home chewing on human bone

An Atlanta man gets a shock when his dog returns home chewing on a human bone.

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'Zombie' woman arrested twice in 3 hours for DWI

Police say a woman dressed as a zombie was arrested for two DWI's within three hours…

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Sick tortoise swallowed turtle pendant, vet says

How's this for ironic? X-rays show a tortoise in Florida became sick after…

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Lucky No. 13? Family with 12 sons expecting new baby

A couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13. Will their streak be broken?

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