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Why You Should Guard Your Keys the Same Way You Guard Your Passwords

Zoonar/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Here’s a reason to put your keys away: The only thing tech savvy criminals need to gain entry to your home is just a quick photo of your key.

After sending a photo of the front and back of a key to a website called KeysDuplicated.com, the company promises to turn your photos into a workable key that will be cut and mailed the same day they receive a request.

ABC Buffalo television affiliate WIVB tried the service, quickly snapping photos of a producer’s keys and submitting them.

While Keys Duplicated has security measures in place to weed out photos that may have been surreptitiously taken, the company also brings up the point that cyber criminals are less likely to order keys when their credit card is involved.

Jordan Meyer, the co-founder of Keys Duplicated, told WIVB that his company only accepts high-quality photos.

“We do look for keys that might have been tampered, photoshopped, etc. Maybe taken at a distance with a telephoto lens, things like that,” he said. “It’s not 100 percent foolproof.”

The bottom line: While online key cutting services can make running an extra errand easier — it may be best to start guarding your keys the same way you protect your passwords.

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Why You Should Guard Your Keys the Same Way You Guard Your Passwords

Zoonar/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Here’s a reason to put your keys away: The only thing tech savvy criminals need to gain entry to your home is just a quick photo of your key.

After sending a photo of the front and back of a key to a website called KeysDuplicated.com, the company promises to turn your photos into a workable key that will be cut and mailed the same day they receive a request.

ABC Buffalo television affiliate WIVB tried the service, quickly snapping photos of a producer’s keys and submitting them.

While Keys Duplicated has security measures in place to weed out photos that may have been surreptitiously taken, the company also brings up the point that cyber criminals are less likely to order keys when their credit card is involved.

Jordan Meyer, the co-founder of Keys Duplicated, told WIVB that his company only accepts high-quality photos.

“We do look for keys that might have been tampered, photoshopped, etc. Maybe taken at a distance with a telephoto lens, things like that,” he said. “It’s not 100 percent foolproof.”

The bottom line: While online key cutting services can make running an extra errand easier — it may be best to start guarding your keys the same way you protect your passwords.

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Security Firm Confirms Employment of Americans Killed at Kabul Airport

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Three American contractors who were shot and killed, and another who was wounded Thursday at North Kabul International Airport in Kabul worked for Praetorian Standard.

The security contracting firm confirmed their employment Friday, but did not name the slain contractors and requested privacy on behalf of their families.

“We can confirm that on January 29, 2015, three employees of Praetorian Standard, Inc. were killed and one was wounded in Afghanistan while supporting the efforts of the US Government. This was a terrible day for the families involved, our company and the United States. We are shocked by the tragic nature of these deaths and offer our deepest condolences to the families of these brave men,” the company said in a statement Friday.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said Thursday that the shooter was wearing the uniform of an Afghan nation policeman, but whether he was actually a member of the Afghan security forces was unclear.

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Security Firm Confirms Employment of Americans Killed at Kabul Airport

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Three American contractors who were shot and killed, and another who was wounded Thursday at North Kabul International Airport in Kabul worked for Praetorian Standard.

The security contracting firm confirmed their employment Friday, but did not name the slain contractors and requested privacy on behalf of their families.

“We can confirm that on January 29, 2015, three employees of Praetorian Standard, Inc. were killed and one was wounded in Afghanistan while supporting the efforts of the US Government. This was a terrible day for the families involved, our company and the United States. We are shocked by the tragic nature of these deaths and offer our deepest condolences to the families of these brave men,” the company said in a statement Friday.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said Thursday that the shooter was wearing the uniform of an Afghan nation policeman, but whether he was actually a member of the Afghan security forces was unclear.

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St. Peter’s Basilica to Offer Free Haircuts, Shaves for the Homeless

Getty Images(ROME) — Along with Catholic mass and words from the pope, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome will also soon be offering haircuts and shaves — for the homeless, that is.

Starting in mid-February, barbers in Rome will offer their volunteer snipping services for those without permanent shelter every Monday. That’s the day in Italy where barbers and hairdressers close shop.

The move comes as the Vatican has almost finished installing showers and toilets for the homeless among the towering colonnades that wrap around St. Peter’s Square. A dozen other churches throughout Rome have followed suite after the Vatican announced the move.

The Vatican decided to offer the services to those without permanent shelter when a homeless man told the Vatican priest whose role it is to help the poor that he had a hard time finding a place to wash in Rome.

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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Victim’s Girlfriend Takes Stand

Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the “beginning stages of a friendship” at the time of Lloyd’s murder, the victim’s former girlfriend said on the stand Friday.

It was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who introduced Lloyd, 27, to Hernandez, she said.

Hernandez, who dated Jenkins’ sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod’s murder.

Friday’s testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law student at New England Law School, contradicts the defense team’s assertion during opening statements that the two men were good friends.

Lloyd and Hernandez “would hang out and smoke” marijuana in the basement of Hernandez’s Massachusetts home, Jenkins said, confirming that Lloyd had rolled joints in her presence.

In opening statements, prosecutors said Hernandez’s DNA is on a joint he shared with Lloyd.

When asked if she knew of any time Llyod and Hernandez were together without her, Jenkins said, “just the one I was made aware of the weekend he was murdered.”

Emotions ran high as Llyod’s relatives sat through testimony earlier Friday from the captain of the North Attleboro, Massachusetts Fire Department, who responded to the 911 call after the body of the semi-pro football player was found after being shot six times.

Capt. John White told the jury he “saw a gentleman laying on the ground” and saw “no breathing” as he walked towards him.

A member of Lloyd’s family walked out as White described the condition of the body. Other relatives were seen grabbing tissues.

“This person was laying on their back, face up,” White told the jury. “He had no pulse. He was cold to the touch. He was very stiff. You couldn’t move his jaw, couldn’t move his arms.”

White pronounced Lloyd dead at the scene. He said he noticed shell casings around the body and blood coming from the right side of the body.

When graphic photos appeared on screen, Judge Susan Garsh paused and reminded jurors of their purpose.

“These photographs are being introduced solely for the purpose so you can see the position of the body or any visible wounds,” Garsh said. “Please put aside any emotions or sympathy they may generate.”

The first witness on Friday was William Cambio, who saw Lloyd’s body. Cambio works near the North Attleboro industrial park where Lloyd’s body was discovered.

Another man who saw Lloyd is David Swithers, president of Advanced Electronic Design, the company to which a high school student ran initially after discovering the body.

“I saw an African-American male,” Swithers said. “There were flies around his nostrils.”

Prosecutors said in opening arguments Thursday that Lloyd’s murder was preceded by a text message from Hernandez, now 25.

On June 17, 2013, Hernandez “told Odin Lloyd he was going to come out to his house that night,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg told the court.

Hernandez was driving when he and two other men picked up Lloyd from his home and brought him to the industrial park, near the Patriots’ home at Gillette Stadium, according to prosecutors.

“Odin Lloyd was shot six times,” Bomberg told the jury.

Hernandez’s defense attorney, Michael Fee, in the defense’s opening statement, declared Hernandez “an innocent man” and said the prosecution’s account of events was “just a story and it’s not true.”

“Aaron Hernandez did not murder his friend Odin Lloyd,” Fee told the jury, claiming investigators prematurely zeroed in on Hernandez to the exclusion of other suspects.

“You come with an open mind,” Fee said. “Give us a chance to show you the truth.”

Next week, jurors are scheduled to see Hernandez’s house, Lloyd’s house and other locations relevant to the case.

As Hernandez’s trial gathers steam, his former team, the Patriots, will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Hernandez caught Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the team’s 2012 loss to the New York Giants.

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Dinosaur’s Exile from London Museum’s Entrance Triggers Uproar

Getty Images(LONDON) — Under the Victorian arches and intricately designed terracotta vault of London’s Natural History Museum, the diplodocus, lovingly known as Dippy, has greeted the museum’s more than five million visitors a year since it was first unveiled in 1979.

With its towering 356 bones, including the 70 vertebrae in its long tail, Dippy has enjoyed something of a cult following. But the museum now wants to move what has become one of the most iconic and beloved dinosaurs in the world away from its main entrance and replace it with a blue whale.

The decision has ignited a social media firestorm, causing an uproar among Dippy’s fans, with one creating a Twitter account aptly called “Save Dippy” with the description “Natural History Museum dinosaur looking for work. Forced into retirement at the young age of 150 million. Still have life left in me #SaveDippy.” There is even an online petition circulating on the Internet asking people to sign up and help keep Dippy at the museum.

Peter Townsend, a disappointed and distraught Dippy lover, explained to ABC News the significance of this dinosaur and why so many are up in arms about the decision.

“As soon as you come here you’ve got Dippy, and every kid, you watch them all, they all stop, they all have their photograph taken. The Natural History Museum is Dippy — that’s the first thing people remember, it’s a brand, why get rid of it?” he said.

“I am going to join any group that says keep Dippy,” Townsend added. “I can see it. It will be a cause celebre in London.”

The first time the fossilized bones of a Diplodocus were unearthed was in 1898 in Wyoming, and by order of King Edward VII, who saw a sketch, a replica cast was commissioned to be housed in the museum.

A real skeleton of a mammoth blue whale measuring 85 feet is set to replace Dippy and grace the main entrance to the Natural History Museum in 2017. The whale will be suspended from the roof, in a diving position, mouth open to greet visitors.

“We feel that we can communicate the science that we do here at the Natural History Museum much more effectively with the genuine skeleton of a blue whale rather than to use the skeleton of a dinosaur, which is a fantastic specimen,” Richard Sabin, collection manager for vertebrates in the department of life sciences, told ABC News.

“Ultimately it’s a cast and there’s only so much you can do with a cast,” Sabin added, acknowledging the shock waves reverberating around the United Kingdom. “Everybody feels some kind of connection with [the Natural History Museum] when they come here.”

The museum wants to inspire the next generation of scientists, marine biologists and ecologists and feel they can achieve this with a blue whale, officials said.

But there is a silver lining for Dippy fans. The museum is considering several plans for the dinosaur. Dippy will potentially go on tour around the U.K. and might even end up on the new grounds at the front of the museum.

“Dippy will still be around and very much a part of the museum,” Sabin said.

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Dinosaur’s Exile from London Museum’s Entrance Triggers Uproar

Getty Images(LONDON) — Under the Victorian arches and intricately designed terracotta vault of London’s Natural History Museum, the diplodocus, lovingly known as Dippy, has greeted the museum’s more than five million visitors a year since it was first unveiled in 1979.

With its towering 356 bones, including the 70 vertebrae in its long tail, Dippy has enjoyed something of a cult following. But the museum now wants to move what has become one of the most iconic and beloved dinosaurs in the world away from its main entrance and replace it with a blue whale.

The decision has ignited a social media firestorm, causing an uproar among Dippy’s fans, with one creating a Twitter account aptly called “Save Dippy” with the description “Natural History Museum dinosaur looking for work. Forced into retirement at the young age of 150 million. Still have life left in me #SaveDippy.” There is even an online petition circulating on the Internet asking people to sign up and help keep Dippy at the museum.

Peter Townsend, a disappointed and distraught Dippy lover, explained to ABC News the significance of this dinosaur and why so many are up in arms about the decision.

“As soon as you come here you’ve got Dippy, and every kid, you watch them all, they all stop, they all have their photograph taken. The Natural History Museum is Dippy — that’s the first thing people remember, it’s a brand, why get rid of it?” he said.

“I am going to join any group that says keep Dippy,” Townsend added. “I can see it. It will be a cause celebre in London.”

The first time the fossilized bones of a Diplodocus were unearthed was in 1898 in Wyoming, and by order of King Edward VII, who saw a sketch, a replica cast was commissioned to be housed in the museum.

A real skeleton of a mammoth blue whale measuring 85 feet is set to replace Dippy and grace the main entrance to the Natural History Museum in 2017. The whale will be suspended from the roof, in a diving position, mouth open to greet visitors.

“We feel that we can communicate the science that we do here at the Natural History Museum much more effectively with the genuine skeleton of a blue whale rather than to use the skeleton of a dinosaur, which is a fantastic specimen,” Richard Sabin, collection manager for vertebrates in the department of life sciences, told ABC News.

“Ultimately it’s a cast and there’s only so much you can do with a cast,” Sabin added, acknowledging the shock waves reverberating around the United Kingdom. “Everybody feels some kind of connection with [the Natural History Museum] when they come here.”

The museum wants to inspire the next generation of scientists, marine biologists and ecologists and feel they can achieve this with a blue whale, officials said.

But there is a silver lining for Dippy fans. The museum is considering several plans for the dinosaur. Dippy will potentially go on tour around the U.K. and might even end up on the new grounds at the front of the museum.

“Dippy will still be around and very much a part of the museum,” Sabin said.

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Mitt Romney Says No to 2016 Presidential Run

ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(WASHINGTON) — For Mitt Romney, it appears that the third time is not the charm.

On a conference call with supporters Friday, Romney is expected to take a pass on another White House bid, according to an advance text of his remarks.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney plans to say.

Romney will also say: “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

Romney has been flirting with another White House run in recent weeks.

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Mitt Romney Says No to 2016 Presidential Run

ABC/ DONNA SVENNEVIK(WASHINGTON) — For Mitt Romney, it appears that the third time is not the charm.

On a conference call with supporters Friday, Romney is expected to take a pass on another White House bid, according to an advance text of his remarks.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney plans to say.

Romney will also say: “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

Romney has been flirting with another White House run in recent weeks.

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