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Metropolitan Police(LONDON) — The wife of the 52-year-old man who committed a deadly terror attack in London last week condemned her husband’s actions, saying she is “saddened and shocked.”

“I express my condolences to the families of the victims that have died, and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured,” said Rohey Hydara, the wife of Khalid Masood, who killed four people and injured dozens in a vehicle and knife attack that took place outside the Houses of Parliament last Wednesday.

“I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time,” she added in a statement released through London police.

Masood killed three people and injured at least 28 others with a car on Westminster Bridge. He was then shot and killed by police after fatally stabbing a police officer.

Masood, a U.K. native with a number of prior criminal convictions, is believed to have acted alone.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) — Seven high school students and a teacher were killed in an avalanche on Monday while mountain climbing at a ski resort in Japan, according to ABC News partner NHK.

About 62 students and teachers from seven high schools were in Tochigi Prefecture, about 100 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, when the avalanche hit, the report said.

The eight were found unresponsive after a getting caught in the snow slide at around 8:30 a.m. local time while taking part in 3 days of mountain climbing safety training, the report said.

Tochigi authorities had initially said they believed all eight victims were students.

“A strong wind blew. As soon as I felt it, I also saw something white roaring toward us,” a male student who was caught in the slide told NHK in a phone interview.

“Right then, our teacher shouted ‘crouch down!’ We did, but we were engulfed,” said the student, who was not identified by name.

Authorities said 40 others were injured in the accident, with two students sustaining serious injuries, according to NHK.

The weather bureau had previously issued snow and avalanche warnings for the area.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — North Korea conducted another rocket engine test this weekend that looked similar to intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology, U.S. officials tell ABC News.

The officials said the rocket engine test, where the rocket is bolted to the ground to test the engine’s power, was the third such test in recent weeks.

Earlier this year, North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un said the country was close to testing an ICBM.

A fully-developed ICBM in North Korea could threaten the U.S. as an ICBM has a minimum range of 5,500 km (3,400 miles).

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers about a new scam that is hooking consumers with just one word: Yes.

According to the FCC, the scam begins as soon as a person answers the phone. A recorded voice or an actual person asks: “Can you hear me?” And the consumer responds, “Yes.”

“The caller then records the consumer’s ‘Yes’ response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone,” an FCC news release said.

“According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer,” the news release said.

Theresa Thomas said Monday that she’d received a similar phone call about a month ago.

“The person on the other line sounded like a young woman. She was giggling and she said: ‘Oh, I didn’t expect you to pick up! Can you hear me?'” Thomas said. “Which, of course, if someone asks if you can hear them, I said the logical thing and I said ‘Yes.’ And she proceeded to talk.”

Thomas said she soon realized that the caller was a recording, hung up the call and then blocked the phone number. The next day, she learned of the scam on social media.

The FCC advised consumers to immediately hang up if they receive this type of call. It also said that if consumers had responded “Yes” to a similar call in the past, they should keep an eye on all financial statements for any unauthorized charges.

Thomas said that she’d been checking her credit-card and bank accounts and had reported the incident to the Better Business Bureau.

“I have not seen anything negative happen from that but it’s just good to be aware,” Thomas said.

The FCC also shared the following tips:

  1. Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  2. If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
  3. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.
  4. Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls. Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street closed lower Monday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted yet another losing session.

The Dow Jones sunk 45.74 (-0.22 percent) to finish at 20,550.98 for its eighth day of losses.

The Nasdaq gained 11.64 (+0.20 percent) to close at 5,840.37, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,341.59, down 2.39 (-0.10 percent) from its open.

Crude oil prices were under $48 a barrel; about 0.4 percent lower.

President Trump: Investors are still weighing President Trump’s Friday health care defeat after Republicans withdrew the bill due to lack of support from within the party and from Democrats. Now, investors are waiting to learn more about the president’s plans for tax reform and regulation cuts.

Winners and Losers: Snapchat parent Snap Inc. soared nearly 5 percent after it was handed several “buy” ratings from analysts.

Shares in Foamix Pharmaceuticals tumbled about 42 percent on news it failed to reach goals in a Phase 3 study for its acne drug.

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Alexander Miridonov/Kommersant via Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Stirred by allegations of corruption, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities across Russia yesterday, in the largest anti-government demonstrations the country has seen in years.

Between 7,000 and 30,000 people demonstrated in Moscow, and up to 10,000 in St. Petersburg. Rallies were reported in 82 cities and towns in total.

It’s unclear how many have been arrested. Independent Russian news agency Interfax reported about 500 people were arrested, while Russian human rights group OVD-info reported more than 700 people in Moscow, 34 in St. Petersburg and between 80 and 100 in other cities.

These appear to be the largest protests since fraud allegations in parliamentary elections sparked uprisings, which began in 2011 and continued in the following year, countering harsh laws restricting protests that were enacted after that time.

Yesterday’s protests were precipitated by an anti-corruption group’s investigation into Russian prime minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev, alleging that he used phony companies and charities to build a massive empire of real estate and luxury goods for his own profit.

The Fund for Combatting Corruption (FBK) and its leader, Putin-opposition activist Alexei Navalny, released a report earlier this month and called for the protests Sunday as a way to demand that Russian authorities investigate.

Navalny, who has said he will challenge Russian president Vladimir Putin for the presidency in 2018, was arrested yesterday, slapped with a $350 dollar fine for violating public meeting rules and sentenced to 15 days in jail for disobeying police. His organization’s offices were raided by police, who arrested 20 staff members.

The Kremlin dismissed the allegations against Medvedev and has refused to investigate. After Sunday’s protests, the Kremlin also condemned the demonstrations while trying to downplay them.

“What we saw in several places, especially in Moscow — it was provocation and lies,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday, accusing the organizers of tricking people into protesting and paying teenagers to participate.

“We regret that our active citizens, many probably out of ignorance, didn’t want to use the alternative venues,” he said, referencing the spaces far outside Moscow’s city center where authorities said the protests could have been held legally.

While saying the government respects people’s right to demonstrate, Peskov said this march was an “absolutely forbidden protest action.”

State media has ignored the protests as well. Western journalists reporting in the country said Russian television made no mention of the protests, instead covering corruption in Ukraine and South Korea. Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine that aggregates news stories, did not include the protests in their roundup.

Critics in the U.S. were also quick to question the Trump administration’s initial silence on the protests. The State Department released a statement after an American journalist was arrested, but for hours the administration said nothing about the protests themselves — or Putin’s crackdown.

“The United States government cannot be silent about Russia’s crackdown on peaceful protesters,” said Republican Senator Ben Sasse in a statement. “Free speech is what we’re all about and Americans expect our leaders to call out thugs who trample the basic human rights of speech, press, assembly, and protest.”

Later, on Sunday night, the State Department issued a statement from acting spokesperson Mark Toner, “strongly” condemning the arrests of peaceful protesters and the targeting of Navalny and his anti-corruption organization.

“Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values … We call on the government of Russia to immediately release all peaceful protesters. The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution,” it read in part.

The White House has not issued its own statement, but at Monday’s briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said the State Department’s comment “reflects the view of the United States government.”

Trump has called for cooperation with Russia, especially in the fight against ISIS, and previously refused to criticize Putin’s record on human rights. In an interview last month with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, he dismissed the interviewer’s comment that “Putin’s a killer,” saying, “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?”

That is a contrast from the U.S. reaction the last time there were major anti-government protests in Russia.

After reports that parliamentary elections in 2011 were rife with fraud, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a “full investigation.”

“We have serious concerns about the conduct of those elections … The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted, and that means they deserve fair, free, transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to them,” she said two days after the election at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Those comments struck a nerve in Moscow as thousands began to protest. Putin then publicly blamed Clinton, saying she incited them.

According to a U.S. intelligence report released in January that blamed Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, that episode, in part, led to Putin’s campaign “to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”

“Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012,” the report read, “and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WALTHAM, Mass.) — A scientist and inventor affiliated with Brandeis University has solved an age-old problem: wine bottles that drip after you pour them.

Wine, like any liquid, loves the slippery surface of glass, which leads to the inevitable drip down the side after you pour a glass.

Usually a plug-in nozzle or a towel wrapped around a bottle was needed to catch that stray swish — but thanks to scientist Daniel Perlman, those are no longer needed.

Perlman studied the flow of liquid on bottles for three years, finally realizing that etching a groove right under the wine bottle’s lip does the trick.

The tiny notch is just enough to catch the drip, sparing your linens.

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iStock/ThinkstockThere are a lot of financial benefits to being married. But that’s not always the case at tax time.

“There’s both a marriage penalty, but also because we have something called the Alternative Minimum Tax, which snags a lot of people and you end up owing money when you’re not prepared for it,” says accounts Janice Hayman.

So, she says, sometimes it’s better to go it alone — at least in the eyes of the IRS.

“The other concern with filling out a W-4 when you have a two-income household and they’re both high-income earners, often, the best choice is to select ‘married, but withhold at the higher single rate,'” Hayman notes.

The IRS has a withholding calculator on its website, IRS.gov, which can help you determine if you’re having enough taken out of your earnings.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Real estate that belonged to President Trump before he started putting his name on things has sold at a nifty profit. Long before Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, there was 8515 Wareham Place.

Until he was four years old, President Trump grew up in a five-bedroom Tudor-style home in the Jamaica Estates section of Queens. Isaac Kestenberg lived in that house for eight years.

“Tourists from Europe — from everywhere come to take a picture,” he said.

Kestenberg sold the home in December for $1.4 million and the house just sold again at auction for more than $2.1 million dollars.

The auction house, Paramount Realty USA, said the sale price is more than double the average list price for similar homes in the neigborhood.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military is sending an additional two companies of soldiers to Iraq to help Iraqi troops fighting to retake Mosul from ISIS, defense officials confirmed to ABC News.

Two companies of soldiers is equal to between 200 to 300 soldiers.

Additional members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s second combat brigade are deploying to Iraq on a temporary mission to provide additional “advise and assist” support to Iraqi forces, Colonel Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve told ABC News.

“This is not a new capability,” said Scrocca. “It provides more advise and assist assets to our Iraqi partners.”

This unit of the 82nd Airborne already has 1,700 soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait helping with the advise and assist mission for Iraqi troops.

“The number of soldiers does not equate to the remainder of the brigade as had previously been surmised,” said Scrocca. News reports in recent weeks had said the Pentagon was considering sending possibly as many as 1,000 additional members from the brigade for the advise and assist mission in Mosul.

The authorized troop cap for Iraq is 5,262 though the real number is probably 6,000 with the presence of additional troops on temporary assignment. These new troops won’t count towards the cap because they’re on temporary assignment.

In mid-February the Iraqi military began a final push to retake western Mosul from ISIS after having seized the eastern half of the city in a fierce 100-day battle that began in October. Iraqi troops are now facing stiff resistance from ISIS fighters as they fight through the tight quarters of the older western half of the city.

In Syria there are currently about 900 U.S. forces advising and assisting the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting ISIS, even though the authorized troop level is 503.

The higher number is due to the recent addition of a Marine artillery unit helping with the SDF’s offensive outside of Raqqa and a small complement of Army Rangers sent to the city of Manbij to ensure that Turkish-backed forces and SDF forces do not fight each other.

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