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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 2-18-16: Invasion of iPrivacy

Apple stepped things up in their fight against the FBI during the day on Wednesday. CEO Tim Cook published an open letter to customers, saying the FBI’s actions as an “unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.” “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone,” Cook wrote. “But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”

Donald Trump says that Apple should do what the FBI says: He old Fox News “to think that Apple won’t allow us to get into her cell phone, who do they think they are?”

Saturday’s raucous debate may have shifted things in favor of Ted Cruz in the Republican race, at least nationally. According to a NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll, Cruz is now a couple of points ahead of Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton spoke about race in Bronzeville on Wednesday. She referenced Sandra Bland and Laquan McDonald and called for criminal justice reform and naturally more gun control.

People threatening to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected will actually have a place to go. A website called “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins” was launched Monday, pitching the lovely Nova Scotian island as a place of refuge.

Spring training hasn’t even officially started yet and Cubs outfielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber already broke a car window in the parking lot. He reached out to Safelite on Twitter and asked if they could help the poor person out, they agreed and asked if they should be ready for more this season.

Awkward Media Moment: Shepard Smith’s show on Fox News came to a grinding halt because he heard a strange noise coming from one of the walls. He was in the middle of talking about the campaign, between stories about Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. He thought the noise might have been an animal, but it stopped and was never identified. Later the show stopped again when he couldn’t find the audio drop he wanted to play.

A Virginia woman ran behind the counter at her local Wendy’s and bit one of the employees. She’s being described as “hangry” because they got her order wrong. The employee had some bit marks but nothing too serious. The customer meanwhile has been charged with malicious wounding, intentionally damaging property and resisting arrest. The best part of this story might be the small town reporter trying to work in as many “bite” and “Wendy’s” puns as humanly possible in a two minute report.

After NYC man loses wallet at a concert, he receives an envelope containing some of its contents along with a humorous note. The good Samaritan wrote: “I kept the cash because I needed weed, the metrocard because well the fare’s $2.75 now, and the wallet cause it’s kinda cool. Enjoy the rest of your day.”

Gabatron Morning Briefing – 11-19-15: America Gets A Little Jittery

Several people were yanked off of a Southwest flight at Midway for fighting over seat assignments. The passengers were described as being of “Middle Eastern decent,” they were asking people to switch seats so they could all sit together, and they were taken off because they were making their fellow passengers “uncomfortable.”

Interesting Stat of the Day: $50 million.

Paul Ryan has shot down the idea of putting a religious test on refugees from Syria. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush wanted to only allow Christian refugees into the country.

Also, proving that stupidity is bipartisan: A mayor in Virginia, who is a Democrat is suggesting that internment camps might be the way to go. Basically, he said if it was good enough for the Japanese in WWII, it should work for fighting ISIS.

KFC and Dunkin Donuts are both toying with the idea of offering delivery service. Delivery fees will run somewhere around $5-7.

In technology news, Lyft, the RC Cola of on-demand ride sharing apps, predicts it will hit $1 billion in gross annual revenue based on its October performance.

Plus, a teacher in Poland decided it was a good idea to put a question on a physics test about pushing Syrian refugees off of a raft.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-23-15: Pope and Change

Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday afternoon. Some people were following his flight’s progress online and they noticed it was delayed and started circling over North Carolina. It turns out President Obama and VP Biden were running late and they asked them to delay their arrival.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 70 days. Scott Walker called it quits Monday, suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after only 70 days.

Brian Williams made his triumphant return to TV on Tuesday afternoon. He was anchoring coverage of the arrival of Pope Francis in Washington, DC.

A United Express flight was delayed for five hours in Lubbock, Texas, this past weekend after its pilots got into a “disagreement.” A spokesperson for the airline says there was no physical altercation, but whatever happened was enough of a problem that the police were called.

In technology news, Instagram has hit a big milestone with 400 million monthly active users.

Plus, A Virginia county Sheriff’s office got a call from a woman convinced that she’d seen Bigfoot with a baby.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-7-15: Parenting Clinic

A dad in Virginia decided to respond to his daughter racking up a $500 cell phone bill by putting a chain and padlock on her closet. He is now letting her work off the phone bill, labeling every item of clothing an accessory with a list of chores that she’ll have to do to get them back.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 8 percent. That’s the percentage of those between the ages of 18 to 34 who identified themselves as members of the Greatest Generation.

Jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis says that any gay marriage licenses issued while she’s in jail are worthless.

A new poll from SurveyUSA has Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in a head to head match up nationally. It’s 45-40 head to head, and among registered voters who are “really paying attention to politics” it’s 54-36.

In science news, scientists have discovered a faint galaxy believed to be the farthest ever observed.

Plus, Chemical engineer and MIT grad Dave Whitlock says he hasn’t showered in 12 years, and neither should you.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-25-15: It’s A (Speed) Trap!

A Seattle man was ticketed for holding up a sign that tipped motorists off to an impending speed trap. He has been hit with a $138 ticket, which he is fighting because he says the police are overstepping their authority and threatening his freedom of speech.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $9.1 million. That’s how much the US Government is going to pay Microsoft to keep supporting Windows XP for the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

Another case of life imitating a Seinfeld episode, with a medical professional engaging in anesthetic-induced shenanigans. A jury has given a Virginia man $500,000 after he was mocked by an anesthesiologist during a colonoscopy in 2013.

In technology news, Lexus may or may not have finally invented the hoverboard.

In politics, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has officially announced that he’ll run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.

Plus, a conspiracy theory is emerging. Some people online are claiming that Taylor Swift and Apple have been in cahoots the whole time.

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