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7 tech freebies, Facebook tracking, secure gadgets, and more: Tech Q&A

Facebook Tracking

Q: I heard that Facebook is tracking me when I shop in retail stores now. How can I make this stop? It’s annoying and intrusive.

A: Facebook is partnering with actual stores, so they’re not just collecting data from your browser but your real-life activities. This practice is called “off-Facebook activity,” and it’s already in use by retail chains like Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Luckily, you can opt-out, if you know what settings to change. Tap or click here to stop Facebook from watching you.

Data Breach Alerts

Q: I learn about data breaches before it’s too late to do anything about it. Is it possible to get ahead of the game?

A: When you don’t know a data breach occurred, you struggle to keep up with updates, patches, new security measures, and damage control. That’s one reason I distribute an exclusive free newsletter about Fraud & Security Alerts; subscribers receive a message in their email the second we learn about a breach. You can also sign up for a host of my other newsletters, but the Fraud & Security Alerts are only sent when a major problem occurs. Stay ahead of hacks, viruses, and phishing schemes, no matter when and where they occur. Tap or click here to sign up for my free breaking security and data breach alerts.

Get Disney+ and Apple TV+ for Free

Q: All these streaming services are confusing the heck out of me. I just want to watch great shows and not junk. How can I try these services for free, especially Disney+ and AppleTV+?

A: Tech companies are fighting for your loyalty, and they’re using a tried-and-true tactic to lure in new customers: free stuff. Yes, there’s almost always a catch, but for these freebies, the reward is worth it if you qualify. For example, if you’re a Verizon subscriber, you can get a year of Disney+ at no cost. I’ll show you how to get your hands on the hottest streaming services, smart speakers, and even smart home tech for free. But you have to hurry; these deals won’t last long. Tap or click here for 7 tech freebies to get now before it’s too late.

Secure Your Tech

Q: With all the gifts being tech this year, I am worried about hackers and scammers. How can I make sure that my new tech is secured correctly? Or am I just being paranoid?

A: This holiday season, millions of people will hurry to set up their devices, create accounts, and register their new gifts. They’ll be so eager to fire up their tablets, phones, streaming gadgets, and virtual assistants that they totally forget to review any security settings. Certain apps and devices, such as smart TVs, are infamously insecure. Others, like smart speakers, may create a significant archive of voice recordings before you even realize it’s doing so. Tap or click here for 10 essential steps to secure your new devices.

Retrieve Lost Texts

Q: I made a huge mistake. I deleted a bunch of text messages, but I need to get them back. Is it even possible to get these texts back?

A: If you’re an iPhone user, you may be able to dig into your iCloud and find the missing data, or you can restore factory settings and reset your phone from an earlier date. That can take some time, and you would have to estimate when these messages were deleted. You might also lose more current data, so you’ll have to decide how much those messages are worth to you. But whether you use iPhone or Android, you can also use certain apps to preserve messages, even when they’ve been removed. Tap or click here to recover your deleted text messages.

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Ex-FBI analyst sentenced for accessing activist’s emails to ‘protect Mueller’

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A former FBI analyst was sentenced to seven days in jail Friday after admitting he illegally accessed an email address belonging to a right-wing Washington lobbyist as part of his efforts to expose an alleged smear campaign against Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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The former FBI analyst — Mark Tolson, 60, — pleaded guilty in a federal court in Alexandria, Va., in September to a misdemeanor charge of computer fraud and abuse, according to Politico.

Tolson said, with help from his wife Sarah Gilbert Fox, he accessed an email account belonging to GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman, photographed “emails of interest,” and tried to hand them over both to the FBI and the press, The Washington Post reported. Fox had worked for Burkman from October 2017 to summer 2018 and had his email password, authorities said. She was not charged.

Tolson reportedly told a federal judge that he accessed the emails without permission in October 2018 after Burkman announced a press conference where he was going to accuse Mueller of sexual assault. The special counsel was investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election at the time.

Tolson said he accessed Burkman’s email in an attempt to prove he paid women to fabricate the allegations, reports said. The press conference was never held. Also in October 2018, the special counsel’s office notified the FBI of an alleged scheme accusing Burkman of offering women money to make false allegations against Mueller. Burkman– identified in court papers as J.B.– denied giving anyone money for testimony, the Post reported.

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Tolson was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and serve 50 hours of community service. The judge said he could begin his week-long jail sentence after the holidays, Politico reported.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Wife, 3 sons hopeful as veteran starts to emerge from 10-week coma: ‘Christmas miracle’

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A Missouri veteran and father of three has started to emerge from a 10-week coma, giving his family the best Christmas gift they could imagine.

“The doctors told me he probably wasn’t going to make it to the weekend,” Kyli Belt told KETV in Nebraska.

Her husband, Tony Belt, went into the coma after a workplace accident when he fell 18 feet from a scissor lift and suffered a traumatic brain injury at the steel company where he works.

This isn’t Belt’s first fight. He was in the Army for eight years and while deployed to the Middle East he was separately injured in a tank explosion and was later shot in the head for which he received a Purple Heart. The injury ended his military career, KETV reported.

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Kyli told KETV although the doctors said Tony wouldn’t wake up, “last week, he started moving his left side, opening his eyes.”

Their three sons, who are four years old, three years old and seven months, have been by their father’s side. “They talk to him and play with him. The baby lays in bed with him,” Kyli said.

She stressed that it has been a confusing time for them.

“They went from being told that daddy was going to heaven and they will never see him again to him being here and interacting with them,” she explained. “I just want to change their moods and let them be kids again.”

Their four-year-old son determined his father would wake up by Christmas Eve, she said. “Maybe he was right. Maybe he will be the Christmas miracle that what he’s been telling me,” Kyli said as Tony gave a thumbs up, the station reported.

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The boys have been receiving Christmas cards from friends and well-wishers at the hospital, and they are hoping to receive at least 1,000.

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North Korea warns US could ‘pay dearly’ for human rights criticism

North Korea took aim at the United States on Saturday, declaring Washington would “pay dearly” for criticizing the country’s human rights record, according to state news agency KCNA.

The warning was issued three days after the United Nations General Assembly condemned North Korea’s “longstanding and ongoing” human rights violations during an annual resolution sponsored by dozens of countries throughout the globe. The Dec. 18 condemnation had been rejected by Pyongyang’s U.N. envoy.

KCNA’s statement was attributed to a foreign ministry spokesperson, who warned that if the US continued to take issue with the human rights problems of the North Korean government, they would “pay dearly,” according to Reuters.

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People watch a TV news program reporting North Korea’s announcement with a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that U.S. and South Korean officials said the North had partially dismantled as part of denuclearization steps. The letters, top left, read “North. Very important test.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The outlet reported it was the first statement by the North Korean Foreign ministry since Stephen Biegun, the US special envoy for North Korea, publically urged Pyongyang to return to peace talks. It follows an increase in tension over newly conducted weapons tests and words from President Trump — who tweeted on Dec. 8 that “[Kim Jong Un] does not want to void his special relationship with the president of the United States.”

North Korea issued a similar warning towards the United Nations Security Council earlier in December, where the country said any discussion of its human rights situation would be taken as a “serious provocation” and they would “respond strongly to the last,” according to Al Jazeera.

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On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he remained hopeful both nations could restart diplomacy before the year-end deadline for nuclear talks is reached, while a senior White House official said earlier this month the door remains open for talks — unless the country decides to test a fully operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“We have, and will remain, always open to dialogue with the DPRK — the door is open for talks and we are ready to be very flexible in finding an agreement that works for all sides,” explained one senior White House official. “But if North Korea does decide to test a fully operational ICBM in some sort of effort to test our resolve they won’t like our reaction — and we will respond.”

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North Korea has continued to imply all future talks will be put on the back burner until the US drops its “hostile policy,” according to Reuters.

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Prince Harry dresses up as Santa with a huge belly for a cute children’s charity message about losing a parent

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Prince Harry showed off his fun, cheeky side by dressing up as Santa with a big belly and a beard for a sweet Christmas charity video.

The Duke of Sussex, 35, even says “ho ho ho” before sending his good wishes to Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved British Forces children who have lost a parent.

The dad-of-one recorded the video as a magical present to be played at a Christmas party for the charity’s members, including kids aged four to 18.

The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving behind two children.

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Prince Harry, who is currently on a six-week break from royal duties with Meghan Markle, gets into character saying: “Ho ho ho. Hi guys, everyone at Scotty’s Little Soldiers!

“Hope you are having an amazing time. I hear there’s190 of you there this year so please cause as much chaos as humanly possible.

“I also want to encourage you guys to look around and realize you are part of a family, part of an amazing community and support is there for you every day should you need it.

“Having met some of you a few years ago, most of you, I know how incredibly strong you are.”

He went to speak candidly about how hard it is to lose a parent, a challenge he knows all too well after his mum, Princess Diana, passed away in 1997.

The royal dad said: “Yes, losing a parent is incredibly hard, but I know that every single one of you, by helping each other out, that you will have an amazing future ahead of you, and you’re going to have a fantastic Christmas as well.

“I know you will leave today with a huge smile on your face, and for the younger ones of you probably covered in food as well.

“So have a fantastic Christmas and happy new year.”

Nikki Scott, Founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers said: “We’re so grateful to The Duke of Sussex for kindly recording a video message for the bereaved Forces children that attended the Scotty’s Little Soldiers Christmas party earlier this month.

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“It can be a difficult time of year for these kids, so receiving a heartfelt message from Prince Harry really meant the world to them.

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Meghan Markle: 10 ways the Duchess of Sussex challenged royal protocol in 2019

Meghan Markle is rewriting the meaning of what it means to be a duchess.

The former American actress, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018, has endured a year of accomplishments and controversies as she took on her newest challenge — motherhood.

Since becoming a member of the world’s most famous royal family, the 38-year-old welcomed a son named Archie in May of this year. But life as a royal has been far from smooth sailing, as Markle’s every move has been heavily scrutinized by the tabloids. And while the former “Suits” star frequently stirred headlines in 2019, Markle continues to pave her own way as a duchess.

Here are 10 ways Markle seemingly broke royal rules and traditions throughout the year:

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Having a baby shower overseas

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Meghan Markle in New York City for her star-studded baby shower. (Photo by Getty)

In February, Markle stirred headlines when she flew out to New York City on a private jet for a lavish baby shower being held at posh hotel The Mark. The festivities were organized by Serena Williams, who booked out the penthouse suite, which features two floors, five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, as well as extensive views of Central Park. According to Tatler, the tennis pro personally covered the cost of the $75,000-a-night room bill.

And while the Markle has flown out to the U.S. on a private jet, which is estimated to have cost over $100,000, Vanity Fair noted that the plane belongs to one of her close friends in Toronto, who covered the cost as a present for the expecting royal.

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Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Fox News that while baby showers are an American tradition, the British monarchy has no trouble with the former American actress celebrating overseas.

“There’s absolutely no reason why Meghan shouldn’t have a baby shower,” she explained. “Showers are largely an American tradition and Harry, along with the rest of the royal family, would be more than happy for her to honor her own tradition and customs. Baby showers are not customary in the U.K. as friends and family usually give gifts once a baby has been born. It’s just a different way of doing things and not because of any perceived ‘rules.’ Meghan’s friends throwing her a shower is a generous gesture and no doubt the time with them in New York will have been much appreciated.”

Not giving birth in the Lindo Wing

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Meghan Markle reportedly used her own medical staff, not Queen Elizabeth’s doctors, when she gave birth to her baby with Prince Harry. (Getty)

In March, The Sun reported Markle and Harry chose not to have their baby at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, the same spot where Princess Diana and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth. Instead, sources claimed the couple opted for a maternity unit closer to their home.

“Harry and Meghan realized there is intense public interest but this baby is not a direct heir to the throne and they want the birth to be as private as possible,” alleged the insider. “Meghan is nervous about complications such as an emergency Caesarean and doesn’t want the pressure of having to look immaculate on the hospital steps just hours later… She just wants a normal, natural birth and to bond with her baby without being primped and blow-dried to within an inch of her life just for the pictures.”

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Keeping her royal birth plans private

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In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London. (Photo by AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In April, Markle and Harry announced they were keeping their birth plan private and will publicly reveal details of their baby’s arrival only after they’ve celebrated together. This meant the public had to wait longer than expected just to catch a glimpse of the royal baby.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the statement read from Buckingham Palace, as reported by Time magazine. “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

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Ditching a royal title for her son

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In this image made available by SussexRoyal on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother Doria Ragland, show their new son to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. (Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal via AP)

In May, the royal couple introduced their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world — but unlike his famous cousins, the baby has no royal title.

Arbiter shared that it is very likely Harry and Markle wanted their son to have a sense of freedom and independence that does not come with carrying a royal title.

“He’s going to be simply known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” she explained to Fox News. “That gives him a greater chance of a normal life. Who knows what the future holds because one day his grandfather will be king. But it just takes the pressure off. There’s not so much expectation. He gets to be normal.”

Royal history and blogger Marlene Koenig revealed that while Markle and Harry didn’t need Queen Elizabeth II’s permission to go with a name like Archie, she may have wanted her great-grandchild to have a title.

“The queen might be disappointed, but she’s pretty open-minded in having members of her family have some leeway,” she explained. “She also understands that change is good for a monarchy. And there have been numerous changes over the years… She’s fond of her grandson and knows what it means to be a royal. She knows he’s going to raise his children well.”

“Duty will still remain important to [Harry and Markle],” added Koenig. “You’ll see [their son] but he will never do royal engagements.”

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Revamping her engagement ring

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Meghan Markle’s ring before and after. (Reuters/Getty)

Markle caused a stir yet again in June when she apparently redesigned her three-stone engagement ring. In June, Town & Country reported her ring may have been reset in time for her first public appearance following the arrival of Archie. The ring featured a thin micro-pave band, as opposed to the original solid yellow gold version. The outlet shared it’s unclear when the changes to the ring were made as Markle didn’t wear her engagement band during the final months of her pregnancy. However, it was noted that her fingers may have swelled due to pregnancy and therefore the ring could have gotten a makeover to coincide with her body transitioning after giving birth.

While some were outraged that Markle could have redesigned the engagement ring Harry created for her, it is believed Harry designed the new eternity band for their one-year anniversary.

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Keeping her son’s royal christening private

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry coo over baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The royal baby is their first child. (Getty)

In July, People magazine reported Markle and Harry decided to keep Archie’s royal christening a private affair for a reported close-knit group of 25 people. The outlet pointed out that in contrast, Prince William and his wife Middleton publicly announced all three of their children’s christenings and allowed for photos to be taken on each occasion. However, it is noted that William is second in line to the British royal throne and consequently, has less room “to deviate from tradition.” The private affair also meant Markle and Harry could celebrate this milestone as a family without glaring camera flashes.

“The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,” the couple shared on Instagram shortly after Archie’s birth.

Keeping the names of her son’s godparents a secret

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex attend ‘The Lion King’ European Premiere at Leicester Square on July 14, 2019, in London. (Getty)

In July, the couple made headlines again when they decided not to reveal the names of Archie’s godparent. However, a royal source told People magazine that not only were the new parents determined to protect the privacy of their son, but also the privacy of their friends and family.

“These are friends, private citizens, not celebrities or public figures,” claimed the source. “Meghan and Harry wanted to protect them from the inevitable onslaught: ‘When did you meet them? How?’ That was the driving reason [to keep them private]. It’s a very personal thing to ask somebody to be a godparent.”

“This is not a couple that will conform if they don’t feel it’s right for them,” added a royal insider. “It’s that simple.”

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Taking a selfie 

In October, Markle may have accidentally broken royal protocol when she took a selfie. UK’s Express reported that during her royal tour of Africa, entrepreneur Nikiwe Dlova showed Markle an Instagram filter during their meeting. The moment, which was captured on video, showed Markle looking curiously at the phone before realizing the filter was putting “crowns” on her head. The shocked duchess appeared delighted by the animated headpiece.

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Speaking out in a doc

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visit District 6 Museum on Sep. 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Getty)

In October, Markle candidly spoke out about the intense media scrutiny surrounding her relationship with her husband for the ITV documentary “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey,” which chronicled her tour of southern Africa. When British journalist Tom Bradby asked Markle how she’s coping with the lack of privacy and ruthless tabloid rumors as a new parent, the former American actress said she takes “each day as it comes.”

“I have said for a long time to H, that’s what I call him, ‘It’s not enough to just survive something,’” said Markle. “’That’s not the point of life. You have to thrive. You have got to feel happy.’ I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper life.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging.”

The royal went on to tell Bradby she would be more understanding about the scrutiny if it were fair.

“I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair,” said Markle. “And that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile.”

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Fighting back against the tabloids

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex (Getty)

In November, Markle ditched the unspoken royal rule of “never complain, never explain” when she responded to several tabloid rumors that have plagued her time as a member of the royal family. According to court documents submitted by Markle’s lawyers in her legal case against Associated Newspaper, the Duchess of Sussex was fighting back against claims she refurbished her Frogmore Cottage home with expensive and unnecessary amenities.

The legal documents obtained by People magazine call rumors of Frogmore’s renovation and those like it “untrue” and were made to portray her “negatively.” The filings also address the publishing of Markle’s private letters to her father Thomas Markle, claiming that it was edited heavily by the press.

Similarly, the documents refute claims that Markle dismisses her father’s health concerns, explaining that she “has a long history of looking after her father’s welfare and trying to find solutions to any health problems,” as well as her alleged snubbing of him upon not attending her wedding to Harry.

Per People, the documents say Markle reached out to her dad before the wedding in order to “protect him, as well as to ensure that he would be able to come.” In addition, she “did not ignore” her father afterward or argue with him about his decision to not attend, read the papers.

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Skipping the holidays at Sandringham 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and her baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

In November, A pal of the royal couple told Closer Weekly that Markle and Harry were allegedly skipping the traditional holiday festivities of Sandringham and instead, likely splitting six weeks between England and Los Angeles where Markle’s mother Doria Ragland resides.

“Meghan misses her mom like crazy and can’t wait to spend quality time with her,” the friend told the magazine.

“Sandringham is always fun, but it can also be quite stressful and very formal,” added the pal. “This Christmas will be low-key and informal.”

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A source previously told The Sun the royal parents “needed to recharge their batteries” during the holiday season.

“Christmas at Sandringham can be quite stressful, so perhaps they don’t want to go with Archie at such a young age,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward told the outlet. “Having said that, Sandringham has played host to many, many children through the ages and is well set up for them.”

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Does anemia make you cold?

Dear Dr. Manny,

I am cold all the time. I can’t seem to get warm. Could it be anemia? What causes anemia? What is diamond blackfan anemia? Does anemia make you cold? How do you fix anemia? 

Thanks for your question.

Anemia is a condition where the body is missing the required number of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the different parts of the body. Anemia is most commonly associated with fatigue and weakness.

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Anemia can be caused by other conditions and diseases. You might have an iron deficiency or a lack of hemoglobin. You might have a simple vitamin deficiency. If you don’t have enough vitamin B12, your body will develop anemia. Inflammation caused by cancers can also bring about anemia. Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and kidney disease are all linked to anemia.

Aplastic anemia, when your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells, is deadly. It is linked to infections, medicines, and toxic chemicals.

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Leukemia and other bone marrow diseases can cause anemia. Two kinds of anemia are their own conditions: hemolytic anemia and sickle cell anemia. These can be genetic.

Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow, which is inside your bones. Diamond blackfan anemia is when your marrow can’t make enough red blood cells for your body’s demands. It is based on a genetic mutation, which can either happen on its own or be handed down. It is usually diagnosed when a child is very young. It comes with a variety of birth defects, such as a small head, wide eyes, a flat nose, small ears, a small jaw, a short neck, small shoulder blades, and a cleft palate.

One of the most common symptoms of anemia is feeling cold. If you find yourself cold when no one else is, it might be worth it to make a doctor’s appointment.

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Often the way to fix anemia is to fix the other condition that caused it. Iron supplements are needed for an iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 shots are needed to cure a vitamin deficiency anemia. People with severe anemia might need blood transfusions.

On your end, you might need to change your diet to have richer foods, especially if your anemia is deficiency related.

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Baltimore civil rights groups oppose aerial surveillance pilot program

Civil rights groups in Baltimore voiced their opposition to a pilot program announced by the police department Friday that would involve three surveillance planes flying over the city in an effort to stem violent crime.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Coalition for Justice, Safety and Jobs issued a joint statement that said the program is a “fateful step” that will “impact the privacy rights of Black and Brown residents for generations to come.”

The statement said the airplanes would put every Baltimore resident under permanent surveillance.

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City solicitor Andre Davis, left, listens as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, right, announces support for a pilot program that uses surveillance planes over the city to combat crime on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who was a previous skeptic of the program, said the test (which could last up to six months) will be “yet another tool” to fight the increasing violence in the city.

The planes will collect imagery during high crime hours, with technology developed by Ohio-based Persistent Surveillance Systems, that will be reviewed by investigators for specific crimes.

Harrison added that police will not have access to live feeds.

“We will be the first American city to use this technology in an attempt to solve and deter violent crime,” Harrison said in a news conference Friday.

The pilot program set to launch in May 2020 has been controversial since it was secretively tried three years ago by a different police commissioner.

Top officials were unaware of the program’s use in 2016 until it was reported by Bloomberg Businessweek. More than 300 hours of images were captured by the cameras. The images were primarily used to see criminals arriving to and leaving crime scenes.

“During the short test in 2016, in the equivalent of two weeks of flying, we watched five murders and 18 shootings and provided that information to investigators. We look forward to supporting the people of Baltimore in their efforts to reduce major crime and we look forward to doing so in a very open and transparent way,” the company’s president said.

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Harrison announced there will be a series of meetings to inform the public about the test and how it will benefit the city. The cost of the program will be covered by philanthropic funds, not tax dollars.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn pleads guilty for role in health care scam

Former New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn is facing up to 10 years in prison for playing a role in defrauding the NFL’s health care program for retired players.

Horn appeared before a federal judge in Kentucky on Thursday and pled guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud after he admitted to receiving $149,774 for fake claims in 2018, according to court records. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April, although Nola.com reported his guilty plea likely means he is cooperating with federal authorities for a more lenient sentence.

The scheme was designed to rip off a health care program that covered unreimbursed medical expenses for retired NFL players, authorities said.

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Twelve players were charged last week in two separate indictments filed in federal court in Kentucky, accusing them of conspiracy, wire fraud and healthcare fraud. Prosecutors allege they submitted nearly $4 million in phony claims, leading to payouts of about $3.4 million between June 2017 and December 2018.

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Clinton Portis, Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter, and Etric Pruitt are among the players charged by the Justice Department. The DOJ had announced it would also seek charges against Horn and Ronald “Reche” Caldwell.

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The alleged scheme consisted of fake claims submissions that involved expensive medical equipment ranging between $40,000 and $50,000 for each claim, officials said. The medical equipment included “hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, ultrasound machines designed for use by a doctor’s office to conduct women’s health examinations and electromagnetic therapy devices designed for use on a horse.”

Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established as part of a collective bargaining agreement in 2006. It provides tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses that were not covered by insurance and that were incurred by former players, their spouses and dependents.

Horn — a four-time Pro Bowler and one of the Saints’ most famous players — admitted to playing off co-defendants Vanover, Caldwell, and others who allegedly helped him submit the false claims.

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He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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Florida vegan couple charged with murder after 18-month-old son dies of malnutrition: cops

A Florida couple who told police they fed their children a vegan diet of only raw fruit and vegetables was charged with murder Wednesday months after their 18-month old son allegedly starved to death in their home.

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Ryan Patrick O’Leary, 30, and Sheila O’Leary, 35, of Cape Coral, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and other charges, State Attorney Amira Fox said.

The mother called police on Sept. 27 when police said she said she noticed her 18-month-old son had gone cold and stopped breathing. The father tried to resuscitate him, police said. Paramedics pronounced the boy dead at the home in Lee County when they arrived, Fort Myers News-Press reported.

He weighed 17 pounds, the average weight of a seven-month-old, according to the police report. Sheila O’Leary allegedly told officers the family eats a vegan diet and she fed her children raw fruits and vegetables – mostly mangoes, bananas, avocados, and rambutans.

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Sheila O’Leary, 35, and Ryan Patrick O’Leary, 30, of Cape Coral, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder related to the death of their 18-month-old son. (Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

“The evidence and crime scene, in this case, are gut-wrenching. These are images, as a mother and state attorney, I will not be able to forget,” State Attorney Amira Fox said Wednesday. “I commend the detectives and officers with the Cape Coral Police Department for their difficult task of dealing with the horrendous nature of this case.”

The parents were arrested last month after a medical examiner ruled that their child had died due to malnutrition, including dehydration. They turned themselves in on Nov. 6 and were initially charged with aggravated manslaughter. They were being held on a $250,000 bond each. They were arraigned in court on Monday. The charges against them were upgraded Wednesday.

The indictment related to three other children, ages 3, 5 and 11, who allegedly suffered from child abuse and extreme neglect at the same home, Fox said. Officers said the children appeared small for their ages and had a yellowish complexion. One child had blackened, decaying teeth, the Washington Examiner reported.  Two of the children, ages 3 and 5, were placed in state custody. The 11-year-old is in the care of the child’s biological father in Virginia.

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Sheila O’Leary allegedly claimed that the 18-month-old had not eaten for a week before his death – something she attributed to teething — and he became short of breath while she tried to feed him breast milk, News-Press reported. She also allegedly told police the older children were being homeschooled, but law enforcement did not find evidence that proved they were enrolled in a homeschool program.

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