Iguana clogs toilet in Medley warehouse

Toilet clogs are usually an easy fix. A plunger or Drano often does the trick.

But Oscar Tabares faced a situation that was a bit more complicated than that when he discovered an iguana was the cause of the clog in a bathroom toilet.

Tabares told Local 10 News that he was using the bathroom in his family’s Medley warehouse last Wednesday when he noticed that the toilet wasn’t flushing very well and there was water leaking from under the bowl.

First, he used a plunger to try to unclog the toilet, to no avail. When the problem persisted, Tabares enlisted the help of his family to remove the toilet.

Tabares said when he looked down the drain pipe, he saw the head of an iguana peering up at him.

Cellphone video that Tabares sent to Local 10 News showed his uncle removing the iguana from the drain using a long strand of rope tied to a piece of wood.

Tabares said his uncle walked the iguana as if it was a pet on a leash and safely released the large lizard behind the warehouse.

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Top cybersecurity firm targeted by hackers

Cybersecurity firms are paid to protect their clients from hackers. But what happens when they’re the target?

U.S. cybersecurity firm Mandiant confirmed Monday that one of its analyst’s social media accounts had been compromised in an attack.

It was not immediately clear if internal networks belonging to Mandiant or its parent company FireEye had also been infiltrated.

“We immediately began investigating this situation, and took steps to limit further exposure,” Mandiant said in a statement. “Our investigation continues, but thus far it, we have found no evidence FireEye or Mandiant systems were compromised.”

An anonymous message posted online claimed that the analyst’s passwords, billing address, Amazon account and LinkedIn profile had been compromised. The hackers also claimed to have accessed Mandiant’s internal systems, but provided no evidence.

“Let’s go after everything they’ve got, let’s go after their countries, let’s trash their reputation in the field,” the post said of cybersecurity analysts. It called on other hackers to join its #LeakTheAnalyst operation.

FireEye shares dropped 3% on Monday.

Rustam Mirkasymov, a cyber threat intelligence expert at Group IB, said the attack was “very bad for the cybersecurity community.”

“This incident reveals that sometimes professionals who work in cybersecurity don’t pay enough attention to their own security,” he said.

Mirkasymov said it didn’t appear that any internal Mandiant or FireEye data was compromised based on the information posted online.

Mandiant, which was purchased by FireEye for $1 billion in 2014, tackles high-profile hacks and has worked for companies including Sony, Target and Home Depot.

Mandiant clients include financial firms, government agencies, universities and medical centers. The company says it has worked with Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry and the Texas Children’s Hospital, for example.

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Twitter is now losing users in US

So much for the Trump bump.

Despite having the most powerful person in the world as a loyal user, Twitter failed to add any new monthly active users globally during the June quarter. Even worse, it’s now losing users in the U.S.

Twitter reported Thursday that its monthly user base in the U.S. declined to 68 million in the most recent quarter from 70 million in the previous quarter.

Its global user base was 328 million, unchanged from the prior quarter. Analysts had been expecting Twitter to add at least a few million users.

Twitter’s stock collapsed as much as 9% in pre-market trading Thursday following the earnings report. The stock had been on the rebound in recent months after Twitter posted surprisingly strong user growth in the first quarter.

In a letter to shareholders, Twitter said whatever “positive contributions” there were to user growth this quarter from making tweaks to the product were “offset… by lower seasonal benefits and other factors.”

The report spells trouble for President Trump’s favorite social network.

Twitter has been struggling to win more advertising dollars in the face of lackluster user growth. In the most recent quarter, the company’s revenue fell 5% from the same period a year earlier.

If Twitter can’t grow its user base at all, it will have an even harder time trying to grow its sales.

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Trump welcomes ‘American hero’ McCain back

President Donald Trump welcomed Sen. John McCain back to Washington with a Tuesday morning tweet calling the Arizona Republican an “American hero.”

“So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero! Thank you John,” Trump wrote.

McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, will make a dramatic return to the Senate on Tuesday to cast a critical vote on health care legislation.

The president’s tweet comes just over two years after the then-presidential candidate said McCain, who was imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War, was not a war hero because he was captured.

“He is not a war hero,” Trump told pollster Frank Luntz, who was hosting a July 2015 question-and-answer session at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

“He is a war hero,” Luntz interjected.

“He is a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said, cutting him off. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK? I hate to tell you. He is a war hero because he was captured. OK, you can have — I believe perhaps he is a war hero.”

Trump has since acknowledged that McCain is a hero, but refused to apologize in subsequent interviews.

Asked by ABC News the next day whether he owes McCain an apology, Trump said: “No, not at all.”

“People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit. Nobody even talks about them. They’re like forgotten. And I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said.

And once he became the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump, expressed no regret.

“I don’t, you know — I like not to regret anything,” Trump told radio host Don Imus in May 2016. “You do things and you say things. And what I said, frankly, is what I said. And you know, some people like what I said, if you want to know the truth. Many people that like what I said. You know after I said that, my poll numbers went up seven points.”

McCain’s office announced Monday night that he would return Tuesday — a surprise to most in Washington who expected him to miss the crucial vote and return to Washington at a later date.

McCain is expected to get GOP leadership one vote closer to beginning debate on health care legislation, which is on the verge of collapsing.

“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” his office said in a statement.

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6 months in, a look at Trump White House briefings

Donald Trump’s White House has slowly but surely reduced its presence in the White House briefing room during the first six months of his presidency — with on-camera briefings all but disappearing from the schedule.

The Trump administration held an on-camera briefing 12 times in February, and then another 17 times in March. In May, there were 11 briefings on camera. Since then, those numbers have dropped drastically. Briefings are shorter, less substantive and rarely on camera these days. In June, there were only eight on-camera briefings. There have been zero in July.

When the briefing is off-camera, news outlets are typically barred from airing the audio live and must wait until the briefing is over to take it to air.

White House deputy secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has also had an increased presence at the lectern. She has handled most of the briefings since June 27, leaving many wondering about the role of her boss, press secretary Sean Spicer. He last briefed reporters on July 17 — for the first time in three weeks — because Sanders was not at the White House that day. 

Spicer has justified off-camera briefings by saying he wants the president’s voice “to carry the day,” though he later admitted he preferred for the cameras to be turned off because “a lot” of reporters “want to become YouTube stars.”  

During an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network Wednesday, Spicer said the White House communications team is “very engaged with the press all day long doing interviews like this” and “communicating with the press.”

“We do a briefing every single day,” Spicer said. “I think for a lot of folks, they’re more interested in getting the clip to put on the Internet, to put on their news, and we’re interested in making sure that we communicate with the American people, that we give the press an opportunity to get their questions answered but we’re not here to make it a spectacle, either.”

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Walmart apologizes for slur in listing on its website

Walmart has apologized for an offensive slur used by a third-party seller in a product listing on its website.

The cap listed the color as “n—– brown.” It was highlighted in a series of tweets late Sunday.

“Umm, @walmart, we need to have a chat…” Travon Free, a writer for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” tweeted Sunday night.

Walmart issued a statement Monday saying it too is upset by the use of the word on its site. Walmart declined to identify the vendor that was selling it.

“We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” said Danit Marquardt, director of corporate communications for Walmart. “It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.” He said the third party seller has been completely removed from Walmart’s site as it investigates further.

Walmart initially removed the offensive word from the title of the product, but it remained in the item’s details, where the color is listed.

By Monday morning the term had also been removed from the details portion of the listing, and the item itself was no longer available. Only the black version of the cap appeared to be listed.

The cap was described as manufactured by Jagazi Naturals in the U.K., but that company’s owner said the product is a counterfeit version of hers and was sold by an unauthorized seller.

“We’re very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well,” said Chizo Onuh of Jagazi Naturals. “It just doesn’t make any sense. No one will buy the product when you put that offensive name on it.”

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