All clear at Arlington after bomb threat


All clear at Arlington after bomb threat

ARLINGTON, Va.

Normal operations have resumed at Arlington National Cemetery after a bomb threat prompted an evacuation.

Cemetery public affairs director Barbara Lewandrowski said Wednesday afternoon that the facility had reopened to the public after all areas were cleared by authorities.

Lewandrowski says an investigation into the threat that came in about 9:30 a.m. is ongoing.

Families, visitors and employees had been evacuated from public buildings and work areas earlier in the day, although the cemetery remained open for funerals.

Lewandrowski says 24 funerals were able to go on as scheduled.

New drone shots show isolated tribe

RIO DE JANEIRO

New aerial images give a rare glimpse of an isolated tribe in Brazil’s Amazon, showing 16 people walking through jungle as well as a deforested area with a crop.

In a clip released Tuesday night, one of the tribespeople appears to be carrying a bow and arrow.

Brazil’s agency for indigenous affairs, Funai, said it captured the drone shots during an expedition last year to monitor isolated communities, but only released them now to protect their study.

Researchers monitored the tribe in Vale do Javari, an indigenous territory in the southwestern part of the state of Amazonas. There are 11 confirmed isolated groups in the area – more than anywhere else in Brazil.

The agency has been studying the community in the images for years, but this was the first time it was able to catch it on camera.

Teens, parents feel tethered to phones

NEW YORK

Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits.

A study out Wednesday from the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children spend in front of screens, while more than a third expressed concern about their own screen time.

Meanwhile, more than half of teens said they often or sometimes find their parents or caregivers to be distracted when the teens are trying to have a conversation with them. The study calls teens’ relationship with their phones at times “hyperconnected” and notes that nearly three-fourths check messages or notifications as soon as they wake up. Parents do the same, but at a lower if still substantial rate – 57 percent.

Big tech companies face a growing backlash against the addictive nature of their gadgets and apps, the endless notifications and other features created to keep people tethered to their screens.

Internet slowed during wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO

A Northern California fire department said a telecommunications company slowed its internet communications at a crucial command center set up to help fight one of the state’s largest wildfires.

KQED radio reported Wednesday that Verizon acknowledged it wrongly limited data speed to the Santa Clara County Fire Department while firefighters helped battle the state’s largest-ever wildfire in Mendocino County three weeks ago.

The county had reached its monthly data capacity under its internet plan that allows Verizon to significantly slow service.

The county first disclosed the issue in a court filing last week in support of a lawsuit seeking to restore net neutrality rules repealed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Associated Press

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