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Hackers hover near online shopping carts, too. It’s called e-skimming

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With cybercrime so rampant, you need to be proactive about protecting yourself. USA TODAY

We all know we need to be on the lookout for skimming devices that crooks install at ATM machines or at the pump at gas stations. 

But just in time for the holiday shopping season, we’re now being warned that the hackers are watching our online shopping carts, too, in order to steal our credit card and debit card information. 

Such theft can happen whether you’re buying something online through a legitimate website or mobile app. Big names that have been targeted include the online store for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which had a malicious payment code running between Nov. 15, 2018, and May 14, 2019. 

What’s worse: It may be very difficult for a consumer to actually detect compromised websites that have been hit by an e-skimming scheme. 

Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to spot any odd gadgets or hardware that are used in the process, like you might with a skimmer installed on an ATM or gas pump. 

It’s the next new wave for collecting stolen data to fill the shelves of the cyber black market. 

“Any business accepting online payments on their website is at risk of an e-skimming attack,” according to an October alert from the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Detroit.

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Cyber criminals introduce a skimming code on e-commerce payment processing web pages to capture credit card and information such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords and location information, the FBI said. 

Targeted businesses include retailers, ticket selling sites, travel-related companies, utility companies and the vendors who provide online ads and web analytics.

“The increasing sophistication of these fraudsters could expand the e-skimming threat to other types of businesses, including the health-care industry,” according to the FBI alert. 

Security experts are noticing a wave of what’s called Magecart attacks — the name used for widely distributed malicious software used by cyber criminals — and the threat could rival the well-known compromises of point-of-sale systems of retail giants such as Home Depot and Target, according to RiskIQ, a San Francisco-based cyber security company that helps businesses protect against outside-the-firewall threats.

Digital skimming operations are very attuned to how a real company’s payment page looks and can blend in with normal payment processing to avoid detection.

“Customers have no way of detecting Magecart,” according to Mike Browning, senior manager of content and public relations for RiskIQ. 

Major companies have been caught in the digital web-skimming trap — including breaches at British Airways and Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster was compromised via a third-party analytics supplier; British Airways was compromised directly. 

Who’s running e-skimming schemes? 

Many of the bad actors operate out of Eastern Europe. Some groups sell the stolen credit card data on the Web. At least one group has used a complex re-shipping scheme to make money, Browning said. 

Browning said one scheme uses phony job postings in Russian language newspapers distributed in the United States. The pitch promises a way to make money by buying goods with stolen credit card data and shipping them to Eastern Europe so that the Magecart actors can sell the goods elsewhere for a profit. 

“This is a lucrative and efficient way to intercept lots of valuable credit card numbers in a short period,” Browning said. 

How does it work? 

Typically, the scammers exploit weak links in a company’s e-commerce platform. In many cases, a consumer can be re-directed to a malicious domain where the skimming code can capture the customer’s information from the checkout page.

The skimming code would capture your information in real time and send it to remote server where the data is collected by the criminals behind the scene. The consumer’s credit card data would either be sold or used to make fraudulent purchases from that point going forward.

Experts say the stolen data can be found for sale on the Dark Web where it is acquired to create counterfeit cards, launch phishing attacks and commit other types of fraud. 

In many cases, a security firm ends up notifying the retailer or other business that their site has been hacked. And much later, consumers may hear about big data breaches. 

Given that the credit card or debit card information is stolen in real time, cyber criminals know they have a live card — not a number that’s already been cancelled. 

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“It shows that it’s a viable card and it has monetary value to it,” said Dave Lewis, global advisory chief information security officer at Ann Arbor-based Duo Security. 

The value on the Dark Web could range from a few cents a card to $4 a credit card number, he said. 

“They deal in hundreds of thousands of cards at a time,” Lewis said. 

Lewis said he doesn’t find the latest twist surprising.

“This is the natural evolution of the attacker,” he said. “Nowadays, they understand these websites are processing millions of dollars in transactions.” 

What should consumers do? 

Adam Levin, founder CyberScout, said consumers should understand that more e-skimming attacks may be planned for the months ahead.

“There is often a spike in cyber attacks and fraud during the holiday season, and this year will be no different,” Levin said. 

It is hard to avoid being e-skimmed as you shop online, Levin said. But several steps can be taken by consumers to protect themselves in the event of such hacking attacks. 

Levin and other experts suggest that consumers don’t use debit cards to shop online, as bad actors would have easier access to your checking account — and you could have a much harder time straightening out problems with your bank account. 

Even when you use a credit card, it may be wise to take other precautions. Avoid entering credit card details into a website. Large stores, such as Amazon, will store your card in your account, so you don’t need to enter it into a web form where a Magecart skimmer might be lurking, Browning said.

“Larger stores like Amazon are generally safe — breaches of giant online marketplaces could happen, but they dedicate such a significant amount of resources to security that it would be extremely unlikely,” Browning said.

Even so, entering your credit card once is safer than entering it repeatedly.

Small shops now offer Amazon Pay, which allows you to avoid potential skimming by paying via the card stored in your Amazon account rather than manually entering your credit card details, Browning said. 

Another way to avoid entering your card details is by using Apple Pay, PayPal, or a similar mobile payment system, which send a sort of one-time token of your credit card information. Even if Magecart happens to skim the token, Browning said, they can’t access the associated credit card information. Services like PayPal ensure you never have to enter your information into an e-commerce site directly. 

Lewis of Duo Security said he’d also suggest that online shoppers avoid clicking on banner ads for a specific store or product to avoid any malware-injected pop-ups. Instead, he said type the web address in yourself. 

Other tips for consumers include:

  • Shop on well-known, reputable sites.
  • Use one-time-use credit cards, which can be skimmed without consequence.
  • Enable two-factor authentication for all connected devices.
  • Use strong passwords that are unique to the websites and accounts they unlock. Change passwords frequently. 
  • Activate transaction alerts on all credit cards and bank accounts for free. 
  • Consider freezing your credit to prevent the creation of new accounts.
  • If you’ve been notified of such breaches, you may want to get a new credit card issued by your bank with a new account number. 
  • Pay careful attention to your credit card statements and bank account statements to spot any signs of misuse. 
  • File a detailed complaint at the Internet Crime Complaint Center —  www.ic3.gov — if you have been a victim of e-skimming or other cyber fraud. 

Contact Susan Tomporat 313-222-8876 or stompor@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @tompor. Read more on business and sign up for our business newsletter.

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Mitsubishi’s turbine-powered off-road buggy runs on alcohol

Mitsubishi has been trying to reinvent itself as a maker of dramatically styled, high-tech SUVs — and its latest concept is definitely both.

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The MI-TECH is a tiny, two-seat buggy with big wheels and bulging bodywork, but no doors or roof.

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It features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that uses a turbine range extender that runs on a variety of fuels, including diesel, kerosene and alcohol. The turbine is paired with a battery pack to provide power to an electric motor at each wheel, while electric brake calipers replace the traditional hydraulic type.

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Mitsubishi says the setup is well-suited to off-road situations where several wheels can be off the ground at once, and allows the MI-TECH to do a 180-degree turn in place like a tank by driving the motors on each side in opposite directions simultaneously.

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Don’t expect to see any MI-TECHS spinning around anytime soon, however, as Mitsubishi does not yet have plans to put it into production.

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After slamming Trump for ‘lynching’ tweet, Biden apologizes for using the term about Clinton impeachment

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One of the country’s leading civil rights organizations condemned President Donald Trump’s tweet Tuesday. AP Domestic

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden apologized Tuesday night after a 1998 clip surfaced of him saying the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton could be seen as a “partisan lynching.” 

Biden’s apology came the same day he said it was “abhorrent” and “despicable” that President Donald Trump used the term to refer to the impeachment inquiry being conducted against him. 

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” he admonished Trump. “Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.” 

But 20 years ago, Biden used that exact word to refer to the impeachment process against fellow Democrat Clinton. 

“Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense,” Biden said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. 

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Trump said he was the victim of a lynching in tweet that argued the inquiry was being done “without due process or fairness or any legal rights.” 

“All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching,” he tweeted. 

Nine hours after condemning Trump’s tweet, Biden went on Twitter to say he was sorry for doing the same two decades ago. 

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden said in a tweet linking to a CNN story about the 21-year-old interview.

But he quickly made a distinction between himself and the president, tweeting “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.” 

Biden’s assertion that Trump “deliberately” used the word was echoed by other Democrats who painted it as a strategy to distract from the negative headlines surrounding the impeachment inquiry in the House. 

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass, D-Calif., said in a statement Tuesday that “every time his back is up against the wall, he throws out the red meat of racial rhetoric and attacks communities of color.” 

Biden was not the only Democrat to refer to Clinton’s impeachment as a “lynching.” A  Washington Post report found at least five House Democrats used that word or “lynch mob” to refer to the process against Clinton. One of them, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment. 

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Payne: New report shows ‘egregious’ California taxes continue to drive out big earners

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California’s tax plan is “so egregious” that residents of every socioeconomic background are leaving the state, host of Fox Business Network’s Charles Payne said Wednesday.

California Democrats have raised taxes on high-income families again and again. While the left claims the measure doesn’t impact taxpayer migration or hurt state tax revenue, a new study conducted at Stanford University finds the opposite.

The report reveals a 2012 income tax increase drove away many high earners. As a result, the state only netted about half the revenue gains it expected. The increase in 2012 jumped from 10.3 percent to 13.3 percent and the measured departure rate for high-income earners rose from 1.5 percent to 2.125 percent.

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Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, the “Making Money” host said the results of the finding seemed obvious.

“I think the most important thing here is when they cobble these things together, and they say ‘Hey, this is what’s going to happen; this is how much we’re going to make from it.’ Those are called counterfactuals. You don’t know until you actually do it,” he explained.

“I think the more important part about this whole thing [is] how much less even the top earners reported in income.”

Payne told the hosts that the “bifurcation between wealthy and poor in California is mind-boggling.”

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“It’s so amazing when I hear Democrats talk about income inequality where every place that they’ve had a chance to dictate tax policy has the worst, the absolute worst, divide between super-rich and super-poor,” he stated. “So, if you’re not getting the money you were supposed to get from these grand schemes, you go lower and lower…and soon the super-rich become $250,000, $100,000, $75,000 [earners]…”

“So, not only did a massive amount of people flee the state, those wealthy folks that had the wherewithal to do it, paid themselves less money. You talk about an unmitigated disaster…,” said Payne.

“What about Rush Limbaugh leaving New York?” Kilmeade joked. “We still haven’t recovered.”

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Houston Astros’ AJ Hinch ‘very disappointed’ over report of exec’s alleged Roberto Osuna comments

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Tuesday criticized the leadership of his own franchise after a series of bungled responses to a report alleging a team executive used a player accused of domestic abuse to taunt female reporters in the celebratory aftermath of the team’s American League Championship Series win Saturday.

Hinch addressed the report Tuesday before leading his team in the first game of the World Series, which the Astros lost. The comments at issue surfaced in a Sports Illustrated story earlier this week and alleged Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!” and made similar remarks several times toward female journalists.

Roberto Osuna, Houston’s closer, was suspended 75 games under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy last season. At the time of the alleged domestic violence incident, in 2018, Osuna played for the Toronto Blue Jays and he was not charged by Canadian police. But the resulting hit to his reputation made him a relatively cheap acquisition for the data-driven Astros.

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Hinch said he wasn’t aware of the reported Taubman incident until the story broke. Though Hinch said he hadn’t spoken to everyone involved, he allowed that “we all need to be better across the board, in the industry.”

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Houston Astros relief pitcher Roberto Osuna reacts after giving up a two-run home run to New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu during the ninth inning in Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

“I’m very disappointed for a lot of reasons,” Hinch said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s uncalled for. For me as a leader in this organization down here in the clubhouse, on the field, I take everything that happens in the clubhouse to heart.”

He added: “No one, it doesn’t matter if it’s a player, a coach, a manager, any of you members of the media, should ever feel like when you come into our clubhouse that you’re going to be uncomfortable or disrespected.”

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The comments from Houston’s manager stood in stark contrast to the organization’s initial response — and subsequent attempts at a cleanup. The Astros first released a statement blasting the Sports Illustrated report as “misleading and completely irresponsible,” but the team backtracked Tuesday as other reporters came out to back up the initial reporting.

Though the team did not apologize or retract the initial statement essentially charging Sports Illustrated with fabricating the story, Taubman released a statement acknowledging the incident in part, and apologizing — somewhat.

“In retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate. My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue,” Taubman said.

Astros owner Jim Crane said the team has mandatory training for its employees and “we fully support MLB and baseball’s stance and values regarding domestic violence.”

Major League Baseball said in a statement “everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior – whether intentional or not – that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence.” MLB added it would investigate the incident and had reportedly dispatched investigators to Houston prior to Game 1.

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Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch speaks during a news conference for baseball’s World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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The Sports Illustrated report stemmed from conduct witnessed by several reporters in the Astros clubhouse Saturday night, as the team celebrated its American League Championship Series win over the New York Yankees. During that evening’s game, Osuna allowed a two-run home run to Yankees infielder D.J. LaMahieu in the ninth inning that temporarily tied the score, before Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a home run to win the game and clinch the series. Osuna’s previous suspension combined with his failure on the mound Saturday made Taubman’s unsolicited clubhouse comments stand out even more.

Taubman allegedly turned toward a group of female reporters, one of whom was wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet, and shouted at least six times: “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!”

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At least three witnesses, including two Houston Chronicle reporters, confirmed the incident to the Chronicle in a separate report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kenneth Bandler: Anti-Semitism in the US is real – It’s time to recognize this reality and take action

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American Jews are agonizing over apparent disregard for the reality and magnitude of anti-Semitism in the United States. Definitions of the oldest hatred in the world are debated publicly, while the sources and extent of threats against Jews and their communities are sometimes doubted or ignored.

The terrorist murder of 11 worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue last October, the killing of one at the Chabad House in Poway, California in April, and a series of assaults on Orthodox in Brooklyn, have all added to fears that targeting Jews in twenty-first-century America may be more ingrained in our society than has been generally appreciated.

Indeed, 88 percent of American Jews say anti-Semitism is a problem, and 38 percent say it’s a very serious problem, in the U.S. today, according to a new American Jewish Committee (AJC) survey. A similar majority, 84 percent, say antisemitism has increased over the past five years, and 43 percent said it has increased a lot.

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These and other findings in the AJC national poll confirm that confronting this continually evolving evil in American society requires urgent attention by American leadership and society in general.

Unanimity across age cohorts, Jewish denominations, and political affiliations is striking. Eighty-six percent of those 18-29 years old; 87 percent of those 30-49; 89 percent of the 50-64 cohort; and 91 percent of the 65 and over group say antisemitism in the U.S. is a very serious or somewhat of a problem.

Similarly, 84 percent of ultra-Orthodox, 80 percent of Modern Orthodox, 91 percent of Conservative, 94 percent of Reform, 92 percent of Reconstructionist, and 87 percent of secular Jews agree with that assessment, as do 93 percent of registered Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans, and 87 percent of independents.

When any American minority feels threatened, they look to elected political leadership for support. But in an era of extraordinary partisanship and divisiveness, when combating antisemitism has become a wedge issue, the strictly nonpartisan AJC found an American Jewish community generally concerned that elected officials are not doing all that can and should be done to fight antisemitism in the U.S. effectively.

Probing individual experiences reveals circumstances even more distressing. In the nation that leads the world in protecting and promoting religious freedom, 31 percent of American Jews have avoided publicly wearing, carrying or displaying things that might help people identify them as Jews, and 25 percent avoid certain places, events, or situations at least some of the time out of concern for their safety or comfort as Jews. Moreover, one-third say Jewish institutions with which they are affiliated have been targeted by antisemitic attacks, graffiti, or threats.

When any American minority feels threatened, they look to elected political leadership for support. But in an era of extraordinary partisanship and divisiveness, when combating antisemitism has become a wedge issue, the strictly nonpartisan AJC found an American Jewish community generally concerned that elected officials are not doing all that can and should be done to fight antisemitism in the U.S. effectively.

Nearly three-fourths of the survey sample, 72 percent, disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the threat of antisemitism in the U.S., compared to only 24 percent who expressed approval. Interestingly, on this issue, respondents diverge along political party affiliations. While 84 percent of Jewish Republican voters approve (49 percent strongly) and only 4 percent of Jewish Democrats approve of the president’s handling of antisemitism, 92 percent of Democrats disapprove (82 percent strongly), and 11 percent of Republicans disapprove (7 percent strongly).

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When asked which of the two major political parties is more responsible for the current level of antisemitism in the U.S., respondents blamed the Republican Party more than the Democratic Party. On a scale of 1 (no responsibility) to 10 (total responsibility), respondents gave the Republican Party an average score of 6.2 and the Democratic Party a 3.6.

Battling antisemitism is one issue where bipartisanship should be fundamental. Washington, as well as state and local authorities, can and should do more, not just allocating additional funds for security.

One area to begin is acknowledging, as American Jews do, that antisemitism emanates from three, not one, primary sources. The AJC survey found that 89 percent said the extreme political right poses a threat to American Jews, with 49 percent saying it’s a very serious threat; 64 percent said the extreme political left, with 15 percent saying it’s a very serious threat; and 85 percent said extremism in the name of Islam, with 27 percent saying it’s a very serious threat.

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Policymakers should read carefully and take to heart the findings in this most comprehensive study to date of American Jewish perceptions of and experiences with antisemitism in their own country. Then, they should commit to seriously develop strategies aimed at stamping out this seemingly entrenched hatred. Antisemitism, we know from history, may begin with Jews, but ultimately threatens other minorities, and potentially the fabric of America’s pluralistic democracy.

Ignoring the reality and magnitude of antisemitism in the U.S. can no longer be an option.

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Paralympic gold medalist dies by euthanasia after battling degenerative spinal pain

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Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort, who won gold and silver medals in wheelchair racing at the 2012 London Paralympics and silver at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, died by euthanasia Tuesday, officials said.

Vervoort, 40, suffered from incurable, degenerative spinal pain. She said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro three years ago that she only got about 10 minutes of sleep some nights and described the pain that caused others to pass out from just watching her. She said sports kept her alive.

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“It’s too hard for my body,” Vervoort said in 2016. “Each training I’m suffering because of pain. Every race I train hard. Training and riding and doing competition are medicine for me. I push so hard — to push literally all my fear and everything away.”

Vervoort, a strong advocate for the right to choose euthanasia, spent her final evening with close friends and family. Before she died, she said signing the euthanasia papers gave her control and allowed her to put “my own life in my hands.”

“I’m really scared, but those [euthanasia] papers give me a lot of peace of mind because I know when it’s enough for me, I have those papers,” she told the Associated Press in 2016.

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“If I didn’t have those papers, I think I’d have done suicide already. I think there will be fewer suicides when every country has the law of euthanasia. … I hope everybody sees that this is not murder, but it makes people live longer.”

Condolences poured in for Vervoort, even from the Belgian royal family.

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“Marieke ‘Wielemie’ Vervoort was an athlete tough as nails and a great lady. Her death touches us deeply,” the family said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kelly Ripa Wants Her Daughter To Leave The Damn Nest For Real

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Kelly Ripa, who got emotional over her daughter Lola leaving for college over the summer, has completely changed her tune.

The “Live With Kelly And Ryan” host told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday that Lola hasn’t truly left the nest ― and Ripa wishes she would. Something similar happened to her oldest kid Michael, as well.

Ripa said she and husband Mark Consuelos (“Riverdale”) had misgivings about the children going to college so close to home at NYU and missing out on experiences “beyond where they grew up.”

Michael reappeared on their doorstep 10 minutes after their drop-off lunch, Ripa recalled on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Ripa said she firmly explained to him that he was to come home only during “regular visiting hours ― Thanksgiving, Christmas, that’s it. Your dad and I need to rediscover each other.”

Lola couldn’t get out of the car fast enough at NYU in August before her first semester, Ripa said. “I won’t be back,” her daughter declared.

Free of their second child, Ripa and Consuelos decamped to Long Island for the remainder of the summer. But their tranquility didn’t last.

“Sunday evening, our alarm trips,” Ripa told Kimmel. “My daughter is having a party on the roof of our house. She was gone 12 hours and came home!”

Ripa said their youngest child Joaquin, 16, won’t be allowed to attend college anywhere near New York.

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Kid’s Tricky Hong Kong Protest Wins The NBA’s Opening Night

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Score one for free speech, kid.

A young fan at the Lakers-Clippers game on the NBA’s opening night Tuesday held up a Clippers T-shirt during a dance cam segment, then switched to a Hong Kong protest shirt before the camera could pan away.

“FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. STAND WITH HONG KONG,” read the shirt.

The words on the shirt echoed the tweet of a Houston Rockets executive whose public solidarity with pro-democracy protesters prompted China to take measures against the NBA.

Chinese state television did not air the NBA’s two opening night games, and the league’s streaming partner, Tencent, cut its schedule and broadcast only the Lakers-Clippers game, ESPN reported.

Demonstrators formed a group on Reddit to distribute the protest shirts near the Staples Center before the Lakers-Clippers game, ESPN reported. But only a smattering of them were worn at the game, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At least one fan made the most of his. 

The Clippers won, by the way, 112-102.

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Brett Favre sympathizes with Sam Darnold, knows a thing or two about ‘seeing ghosts’

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When Sam Darnold was caught saying he was “seeing ghosts” during Monday night’s blowout loss against the New England Patriots, it resonated with a Hall of Fame quarterback.

Brett Favre revealed Tuesday that “seeing ghosts” was a term that he heard from his former coach Mike Holmgren during his first few seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Before becoming the gunslinger everyone knows today, Favre had 70 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions in his first 47 games in Green Bay. His completion percentage was only 62 percent and he took 95 sacks.

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“That’s a term that Mike Holmgren would say to me quite often, my first one, two, three years with the Packers,” Favre said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It’s not a new term.”

Favre said that “seeing ghosts” is part of the growing pains with young players. Darnold is only in his second season and had his worst performance of his career throwing for fewer than 100 yards and tossing four interceptions in the 33-0 loss.

“It’s really nothing other than being a young player,” he said. “Being exposed to a lot of stuff, and really not so much thrown to the wolves — I don’t think Adam Gase did anything wrong. You’ve got to go in and play.

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“You’ve got to go with all your guns blazing, and if he makes mistakes, he makes mistakes. The key is that you learn from them, and you’re going to make more…  Over time, the thought is that you see less and less, and you become very familiar with your offense, and I think that’s something that’s often overlooked. I mean, this is a new offense to him, and it’s not to Tom Brady and (Patriots offensive coordinator) Josh McDaniels.”

Darnold made the “seeing ghosts” comments in the second quarter of the game. The remark went viral on social media almost immediately after he said it.

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Gase and running back Le’Veon Bell both expressed their frustrations with the comment getting to air.

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