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Archive for May, 2014

EBay asks users to change password after breach

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

SAN JOSE, CA (AP) — E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their password after a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords.

The company says there is no evidence of any unauthorized activity and there is no evidence any financial or credit card information was stolen.

EBay says its investigation is active and it can’t comment on the specific number of accounts affected, but says the number could be large.

Cyberattackers stole a small number of employee log-in credentials that gave them access to eBay’s corporate network. The San Jose, California-based company is working with law enforcement to investigate the attack.

The database was hacked sometime between late February and early March.

EBay owns electronic payment service PayPal, but eBay says there is no evidence PayPal information was hacked.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Topsail’s Electric Vehicle program wins national championship

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) –- Topsail High School’s Electronic Vehicle class has won nearly 200 awards since 2001.

Last month, students in the course were named national champions for the 11th year in a row.

“It’s like any other class that you can take in high school,” said student Zac Bender.

Class starts at 7:30 each morning, ahead of the school’s official start time.

“We meet before school every day for an hour,” said instructor Stephen Jeffcoat.

For an hour a day, five days a week eleven students build electric cars.

“We take out the gasoline engine and we put in an electric motor and add batteries. That powers the motor. It will turn the transmission and make the car go,” said senior Grant Simme.

Students have already transformed two vehicles that ran on gas to battery powered, and they created what they call the “Stem Cycle” from scratch.

Most of the students agree they are lucky to have this engineering experience.

“I’ve always been a gear-head so I knew I would be working on cars, but not anything like this,” said Bender.

This year the class took it up a notch and added a few features to the cars. Features many drivers may take for granted.

“A heater for the winter time, and other things to make it more comfortable to drive,” said Jeffcoat.

It’s a drive that certainly fuels their passion.

“The obvious thing is driving the cars. It’s probably one of the best parts,” said Bender.

The best lesson this program teaches; it kicks students’ minds into high gear, kicking gas one class at a time.

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Burgaw teenager arrested for breaking into multiple vehicles

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Burgaw Police arrested a teenager suspected of breaking into multiple vehicles earlier this year.

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Woman gets life in slaying of great aunt after pleading guilty to murder

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — A 32-year-old Newport woman has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of her great aunt nearly two years ago.

Rhonda Hagan was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday in the death of 90-year-old Goldie Hall.

Authorities say the victim’s body was recovered from a shallow grave several days after there was a fire at her home. Hall died from blows to the head.

Hagan’s mother also pleaded guilty to accessory and other charges in the case. Phyllis Williams was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and must serve the first two years with electronic monitoring.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Sheriff’s office warns of man claiming to be company VP

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Man exhibits odd behavior while being shown homes by female real estate agents

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