Facebook / Instagram Outage Early This Morning

Accord­ing to the web­site Down Detec­tor Dot Com, Face­book and Insta­gram went down early this morn­ing, leav­ing mil­lions of users around the world briefly with­out the abil­ity to do any­thing else but inter­act per­son­ally with each other… in per­son.
It began just after mid­night, when vis­i­tors to both sites were greeted by either a mes­sage indi­cat­ing a prob­lem, or a page that just sim­ply wouldn’t load.
In addi­tion to users in this coun­try, users across Asia, Aus­tralia and New Zealand also reported prob­lems.
It lasted 52 min­utes. Face­book today, says the out­age was not related to any third party attack but sim­ply occurred after a change that affected con­fig­u­ra­tion systems.

Obama Comments On Drone

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In an inter­view with CNN before leav­ing India, Pres­i­dent Obama was asked about the drone that acci­den­tally landed on the White House lawn …

Aftermath Of The Blizzard Of ’15

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The snow­storm pound­ing the North­east that left mil­lions hun­kered down has largely not deliv­ered the storm that peo­ple were con­cerned about. NY Gov­er­nor Andrew Cuomo has lifted trav­els bans but still cau­tions peo­ple to not to travel…

Con­necti­cut Gov­er­nor Dan­nel Mal­loy thanked res­i­dents for lis­ten­ing to the travel ban and stay­ing off the roads in his state, say­ing it allowed plows to clear streets and pre­vented seri­ous acci­dents. He said there were only eleven with one minor injury and today, he asked res­i­dents to con­tinue to help out…

Northeast Preparing For Massive Storm

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The North­east is brac­ing for a mas­sive win­ter storm that could dump two to three feet from north­ern New Jer­sey up to Con­necti­cut. The National Weather Ser­vice has issued a bliz­zard warn­ing for New York and Boston begin­ning tonight. Boston is fore­casted to get 18–24 inches of snow. Philadel­phia could see 14–18 inches. New York City Mayor Bill de Bla­sio says the snow­storm could be one of the worst the city has ever seen.
Peter Judge is the Mass­a­chu­setts Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency spokesper­son, and he says they’ll be ready for what­ever the storm brings.…

Obama Speaks In India

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Pres­i­dent Obama, speak­ing at a busi­ness sum­mit in New Delhi, India, announced new plans to improve Amer­i­can trade rela­tions with India. The pro­pos­als include using Amer­i­can exper­tise to build smart cities, install broad­band inter­net access, and build trains that run on clean energy…

Maryland Ice Rescue

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It was a close one for four kids who fell into an icy pond in Bal­ti­more County, Mary­land. Police say they’ve all been hos­pi­tal­ized and two are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion… two oth­ers are in seri­ous condition…

Gas Prices At Lowest Point In More Than Five Years

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The price of gas is now the low­est in more than five years. Indus­try ana­lyst Trilby Lund­berg says the national aver­age for a gal­lon of reg­u­lar is down another 13 cents to two dol­lars and seven cents…

[TAG] Lund­berg says bar­ring another drop in crude prices, the price at the pump should soon rise because of ris­ing whole­sale prices.

Flight Cancellations Rampant On East Coast

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The bliz­zard that’s expected to hit the North­east is already hav­ing an impact on air travel. Daniel Baker of FlightAware.com says more than 2,000 flights for today had been can­celed by mid-morning. He says peo­ple plan­ning to fly in the region later in the week should act now…

Big Day For Bubblewrap

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Today is the 15th annual Bub­ble Wrap Appre­ci­a­tion Day. Bub­ble wrap was cre­ated by the Sealed Air Cor­po­ra­tion. Com­pany spokes­woman Eileen Curran…

Zoo Valentine For The Ex

The San Fran­cisco Zoo has a Valentine’s Day gift for those going through rough rela­tion­ship patches. With a dona­tion to the zoo, you can adopt a hiss­ing cock­roach or a giant scor­pion in the name of your ex. The zoo says this is an ideal Valen­tine dona­tion for the ex.