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Bomb-sniffing Dog Fired From CIA For Refusing To Sniff Bombs

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A few weeks into CIA training, labrador Lulu began to show signs she simply “wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odours”.

Some people just aren’t cut out for the realities of a high-pressure work environment – and it would seem the same goes for dogs.

Lulu the labrador’s handler had high hopes of her becoming the CIA’s latest bomb-sniffing talent, but it was not meant to be.

It started out well, according to a “pupdate” on the CIA’s website, but soon started to go downhill. A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she simply “wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors”, the blog post said.

“Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives,” the post said.

“Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.”

The post went on to say that the mental and physical well being of the sniffer dogs is the CIA’s priority, so they “made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the programme”.

But it is not all bad news, as handlers have the option to adopt dogs who are dropped. Lulu now has a new home, and spends her days chasing rabbits and squirrels in the garden – much less stressful.

It is not clear whether Lulu simply wasn’t up to the challenge of sniffing out bombs, or whether it was all part of a cunning plan to never have to go to work.

Either way, she’s happy, and so is her handler – and the CIA can now focus on its top dogs.

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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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