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Amazon will give “Alexa” more emotion to sound more human

(CNN) – Things are about to get real personal with Amazon’s “Alexa.” The artificial intelligence bot will soon be able to respond with happy, excited, disappointed and empathetic tones. Amazon says they want Alexa to have a more natural voice so developers gave it an upgrade Wednesday. The new voice upgrade is only available to developers right now, as a…

Average price of Thanksgiving dinner is slightly up

(CNN) – The average price of a Thanksgiving meal is up this year but only by a penny. The American Farm Bureau surveys the price of items traditionally served at Thanksgiving. This year, they say the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for ten is $48.91, or about five dollars a person. That’s only one cent more than the cost last…

E. coli outbreak in 16 states linked to romaine lettuce

(CNN) – The CDC has linked an E. coli outbreak in 16 states to romaine lettuce. More than 40 cases of E. coli have been tied to lettuce grown in the Salinas region of California. While stores are working to remove it from its shelves, a lot of the tainted product has already been sold. E. coli infections can take…

Cat food under nationwide recall over salmonella risk

(CNN)—A Utah company is recalling two-pound frozen bags of Quest beef cat food sold nationwide over fears it may be contaminated with salmonella. “Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed…

BBB warns people of ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB)  is warning against ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchanges saying they are actually an illegal pyramid schemes. it starts with an email or social media invitation. people are then asked to buy and mail a modest gift to a stranger and told they’ll get a certain number of gifts in return. They’re also encouraged to invite other…

Latest polls show Biden leading Democratic field in SC

(CNN) — According to new polls from Quinnipiac University and the University of North Florida,  Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the Democratic Primary field here in South Carolina. According to both the polls,  about one-third of likely voters in South Carolina plan to support Biden in the coming election. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren follows Biden in second place,…

Deval Patrick joins already crowded 2020 Presidential race

(CNN) —Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has officially entered the already crowded 20-20 presidential race. Patrick, a Democrat admits his late-entry into the race won’t be easy but says he’s ready for the challenge. Patrick has missed the deadline to appear on the primary ballots in Alabama and Arkansas, but filed for the New Hampshire primary Thursday after his announcement….

CDC reports fewer people are smoking cigarettes in the US

(CNN) – A new report suggests fewer people are smoking cigarettes in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 13.7 percent of adults smoked cigarettes last year. The report also found cigarette smokers have become more likely to try quitting in the past 12 months, attributing the decline in smoking to public health education. The…

Facebook shuts down billions of fake accounts

(CNN) — One social media platform has shut down billions of fake accounts this year alone. Facebook says 5.4 billion accounts were removed in its efforts to minimize misinformation spread on the platform. The company says as many as five-percent of its monthly users are fake. The company says data shows that it took down about three million pieces of…