the americas

Homelessness rose 2.7% in 2019

The homeless population in the US increased 2.7% this year largely because of a surge in unsheltered and chronically homeless individuals in California, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in a news release Friday.

Whistleblower says US airports becoming unsafe as TSA relaxes security

A whistleblower with the Transportation Security Administration is sounding the alarm about loosened security at US airports, charging that top TSA officials have prioritized speed over security by reducing the sensitivity of metal detectors, disabling technology on some X-ray machines, issuing orders to keep the baggage conveyor belts moving in certain circumstances and ordering policy changes that result in fewer pat-downs.

Now fake Facebook accounts are using fake faces

Artificially-generated faces of people who don't exist are being used to front fake Facebook accounts in an attempt to trick users and game the company's systems, the social media network said Friday. Experts who reviewed the accounts say it is the first time they have seen fake images like this being used at scale as part of a single social media campaign.

Are cell phone calls on airplane flights inevitable?

Ah, holiday travel. Between huge crowds and weather delays, flying during this time of year is hectic. Now close your eyes and imagine the entire scenario with one additional annoyance: Loud talkers yammering into their cell phones at 35,000 feet.

Trump set for Christmas at Mar-a-Lago

Freshly impeached and eager for vindication, President Donald Trump decamps Friday for warmer climes: a two-week-long stint at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida haven, which this Christmas will act as the crucible for his defense.

Mining company coached Alaska's governor to lobby White House

A mining company secretly collaborated with the governor of Alaska to lobby the Trump administration to move forward with a mining project that Environmental Protection Agency scientists warned could devastate the world's most valuable wild salmon habitat, according to newly released emails obtained by CNN.