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Cuba Gooding Jr. compared to Joe Biden by his lawyer in alleged groping case

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s attorney tried to defend the actor from groping allegations Tuesday — by comparing the charges to complaints leveled at Joe Biden for getting too handsy with a female politician.

“This indictment constitutes a distorted overreaction pandering to the current hypersensitive climate where innocent common-place gestures are now misperceived and mischaracterized as offensive as exemplified by the incredible condemnation of former Vice President Joseph Biden, who innocently touched a woman’s shoulder,” said defense lawyer Mark Jay Heller in Manhattan Supreme Court.

CUBA GOODING JR. PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO NEW SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES, COULD FACE UP TO 12 ACCUSERS

Heller gave the eyebrow-raising defense after the Oscar-winning actor was arraigned on four misdemeanor counts of sex abuse and forcible touching. He’s accused of squeezing a woman’s breast June 9 at a Midtown hotel bar and pinching another woman’s butt Oct. 24, 2018, at lower Manhattan nightclub TAO.

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Police are investigating Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately at a New York City nightclub in June 2019. (Getty)

Biden landed in hot water in March after former Nevada politician Lucy Flores penned an op-ed for New York magazine, saying the former vice president and current presidential candidate made her feel “gross” when he grabbed her by the shoulders from behind and kissed her hair during a Las Vegas campaign event.

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Three other women came forward and said that Biden had touched them inappropriately — including by giving one an Eskimo kiss and placing his hand on another’s thigh. Biden, however, was never accused of groping a woman’s breast or buttocks.

Heller called the Manhattan DA’s case against Gooding “incredibly weak.” Assistant DA Jenna Long said at the hearing that prosecutors would try to introduce evidence at trial from 12 other accusers to prove a pattern of abuse — although he is not charged for those alleged crimes.

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A judge will ultimately decide whether the 12 additional accusers’ claims will be admitted at trial.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Houston Astros fan accused of slapping man rooting for New York Yankees

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There’s no crying in baseball and there’s definitely no fighting in the stands while watching a playoff game.

A Houston Astros fan was arrested for allegedly slapping a New York Yankees fan as the two watched their respective teams in the second game of the American League Championship Series on Sunday.

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James Dinkins, 73, was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after police said he slapped the Yankees fan in the back of the head at Minute Maid Park. The unidentified Yankees fan was just cheering for his team at one point during the game, police said.

Dinkins, a former justice of the peace in Montgomery County, was released from jail on a $100 bond.

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Harris County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor Nathan Beedle said the allegations against Dinkins were “troubling.” He said Houston prides itself on “hospitality, sportsmanship, and welcoming anyone from anywhere.”

The Astros won the game Sunday to tie the series.

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The team then took a 2-1 series lead over the Yankees with a win on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Why World Series-bound Nationals use ‘Baby Shark’ as team anthem

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SportsPulse: The Nationals are going to their first ever World Series and in the process had one of most historic turnarounds we’ve ever seen in baseball. USA TODAY

The Washington Nationals are heading to the World Series — and they’re taking an unlikely anthem with them.

“Baby Shark,” the popular children’s song that miraculously cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart earlier this year, has become a rallying cry of sorts for the Nationals and their fans this season after reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra began using it as his walkup song in mid-June.

Parra, whom the Nationals signed after he was cut by the San Francisco Giants in May, was in a slump at the time, so he started searching for a new walkup song to switch things up. He landed on “Baby Shark” because his 2-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, “loves that song.”

“I tried merengue, reggaeton, hip-hop,” Parra told reporters after he first used the song June 19, according to NBC Sports Washington. “Then I said, ‘You know what, I want to put in Baby Shark.’ I’m happy for that.”

FINALLY WORLD SERIES-BOUND: Nationals put past failures behind them

The song drew smiles (and eventually baby-shark hand-chomping motions) from Nationals fans, and inspired “Parra Shark” T-shirts. And the players have embraced it, too. After an extra-base hit, they’ll often turn to the dugout and make the baby-shark motion with their hands in celebration.

“If the players get excited, we get excited,” said Nationals fan Travis Eagleson, who attended Tuesday night’s series-clinching win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a shark costume. “If that’s what they’re about, that’s what we’re about.” 

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LeBron James should ‘stay the course’ when it comes to ‘human liberty,’ Muhammad Ali’s ex-wife says

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Muhammad Ali’s ex-wife slammed LeBron James in wake of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s comment that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was misinformed when he tweeted in support of pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters.

Khalilah Ali, who was married to the late boxing great from 1967 to 1976 and during the time he refused to fight in the Vietnam War, told TMZ Sports on Tuesday that she will support people “who are standing up for their rights.”

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While Hong Kong protesters burned James’ jersey in the streets in response to the All-Star’s comments on Morey, Ali said that would have never happened to Muhammad Ali, adding that the boxer-turned-civil-rights activist was a “man of the world.”

“They would not take Muhammad Ali’s shorts and burn them anywhere, it would never happen,” she said.

Ali added: “I love LeBron James. I think he’s the greatest. But, when it comes to people and society and companies, we have to put that aside. Respect it, but you have to stay the course when it comes to human respect and human fight, human liberty.”

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James first broke his silence on the issue Monday.

“I’m not here to judge how the league handled the situation,” he said. “I just think that, when you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something – and I’m just talking about the tweet itself – you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”

He received massive criticism and followed up with a tweet: “My team and this league just went through a difficult week.  I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others.  And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.”

James doubled down on Tuesday when talking to reporters and said he wasn’t going to speak on the matter again.

“I’d be cheating my teammates by continuing to harp on something that won’t benefit us trying to win a championship because that’s what we’re here for,” James said. “We’re not politicians. I think it’s a huge political thing but we are leaders and we can step up at times. But … you don’t feel like you should speak upon things you shouldn’t have to.”

He added that he should be focused more on social justice issues in the U.S. than geopolitical issues thousands of miles away.

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“There’s things that happen in my own community, trying to help my kids graduate high school and go off to college, what’s been my main concern over the last couple years and my school,” he said. “Trying to make sure the inner city kids that grew up in my hometown can have a brighter future and look at me as inspiration to get out of the hellhole of the inner city. And we don’t talk about those stories enough.”

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There’s a new frontrunner in town: Elizabeth Warren. Just ask her Democratic rivals

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Debate winners and losers, Warren on the defensive, and what we’re watching for before the next Democratic debate. Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY

Meet the new frontrunner: Elizabeth Warren.

National polls still show Joe Biden with an edge over the rest of the Democratic presidential field, but the folks most intensely attuned to the contest – that would be the rivals competing for the nomination – were targeting Warren Tuesday night at the fourth of the Democratic debates.

Flattering, perhaps, but a focus that she never had to handle in the previous debates, and one that sometimes put the Massachusetts senator on the defensive as she dodged questions about whether her Medicare-for-All plan would result in higher taxes on the middle class and if her proposed “wealth tax” could fly.  

“I understand that this is hard, but I think as Democrats we are going to succeed when we dream big and fight hard, not when we dream small and quit before we get started,” Warren declared. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar responded with a pointed “reality check” on Warren. “I’m sorry, Elizabeth,” Klobuchar said, although she didn’t really sound sorry. “I think we need to be honest here and tell the American people where we’re going to send the invoice.”

Winners and losers: Klobuchar, Buttigieg land some punches; billionaires on defense

The debate didn’t fundamentally shape or reshape the Democratic race, perhaps something not even a forum that stretched for more than three hours could do. But the more frontal challenges to Warren on various issues by almost everyone else – Klobuchar, South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, entrepreneur Andrew Yang – came amid new questions about whether Biden could be deposed as the moderate alternative to the party’s liberal heroes, Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

And Sanders had a prize in his pocket that could boost him, rather than Warren, among voters on the left. During the debate, he teased that he would have a “special guest” at a campaign rally in Queens on Saturday. That turned out to be New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as The Washington Post quickly reported, one of the party’s most influential young liberal voices.

All of the presidential candidates arrived on stage at Otterbein University in Ohio with things to prove: Biden about his family’s ethics. Sanders about his personal health. Warren about her political electability. And the other contenders, now polling in single digits, about whether they could break through — in some cases, whether they could even qualify for next month’s debate, where the thresholds on fundraising and poll standing get higher.

And when the debate was over?

  • Warren didn’t wilt. She was unshaken in responding to the attacks, though she never directly answered when Buttigieg demanded, “yes or no,” on whether her Medicare proposal would force her to raise taxes on the middle class. She did promise not to sign a bill that would raise overall health care costs for Americans. And she had a rejoinder ready when Buttigieg promoted his plan, which he calls “Medicare for all who want it.” She dubbed it “Medicare for all who can afford it.”
  • Sanders didn’t slow down. That was an issue in the wake of the heart attack that the 78-year-old suffered a little more than two weeks ago on the campaign trail, prompting doctors to insert stents in his heart. He showed more flashes of humor than usual. When Booker noted that Sanders supported medical marijuana, Sanders joked, “But I’m not on it tonight.” 
  • Biden didn’t flinch.  He defended his son, Hunter — but it probably won’t be for the last time. The first question Biden got from the moderators was about the business interests his son, Hunter, pursued in Ukraine when Biden was the Obama administration’s point person on Ukraine.  There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden or his son, but Hunter has acknowledged that may have reflected poor judgment on his part. “My son’s statement speaks for itself,” Joe Biden said not once but three times –not a particularly informative response and one that didn’t address whether his own judgment might also have been flawed. 

The political landscape for the debate was defined by this core question: Which candidate would be best able to defeat President Trump? That was the case Biden repeatedly tried to make for himself. He touted his age as a sign of wisdom and his experience as invaluable. “I’m the only one on this stage that has gotten anything really big done,” he said, citing the Violence Against Women Act and other legislation he helped enact while a senator from Delaware.

That got Warren’s attention. In the wake of the Great Recession, she noted, she had been instrumental in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an idea she said skeptics had dismissed as unrealistic. Biden jumped in, saying he had rounded up votes for it. “Let’s get that straight,” he said.

Warren made it clear that wasn’t how she saw it. Speaking slowly and with deliberation, she replied: “I am deeply grateful to President Obama, who fought so hard to make sure that agency was passed into law.”

Sanders fired back at Biden, too. “I say this as a friend,” he said, “but you got the Iraq war done.”

Biden vs. Warren: Two rivals debate whether party should strive for pragmatism or sweeping change

The stage was crowded with a dozen Democrats, the biggest debate to date, sponsored by CNN and The New York Times. Warren scored an overwhelming win by one measure: Who got the most time to speak, in large part because the moderators repeatedly gave her time to respond to attacks. In the end, she spoke for close to 23 minutes, far longer than Biden, a distant second at about 16-1/2.

Which seems only fair. After all, she is, apparently, the new frontrunner.

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A senior adviser to Mike Pompeo just resigned. Now he’s set to testify in the impeachment probe

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Turkey rebuffs Trump call for Syria ceasefire as Russia fills power vacuum after US exit

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President Donald Trump says Vice President Mike Pence will be traveling to Turkey on Wednesday to try to reach a ceasefire deal. (Oct. 15) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the Trump administration’s call for a ceasefire in northeastern Syria and said he will not negotiate with Kurdish forces his government is trying to push out of the area. 

Erdogan’s tough stance comes ahead of a visit to Turkey by Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They leave for Ankara Wednesday.  

“They say ‘declare a ceasefire.’ We will never declare a ceasefire,” Erdogan told reporters on flight back from Baku late on Tuesday where he attended a regional business summit in Azerbaijan’s capital. 

In an address to Turkey’s Parliament on Wednesday, Erdogan said that Turkey’s military offensive would end if Syrian Kurdish fighters left a border area in northeast Syria, according to the country’s official Anadolu news agency

The Trump administration is scrambling to contain the escalating domestic and international fallout from President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, a move that paved the way for Turkey’s assault on Syrian Kurdish fighters who it considers to be terrorists. U.S.-led coalition forces have for the last several years successfully partnered with Syrian Kurds to fight the Islamic State group. 

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Lawmakers in Congress, back from a two-week recess, lashed out at Trump’s decision and laid the groundwork for a legislative crackdown Wednesday on Turkey that would go beyond the White House’s move to sanction Turkey over its military invasion. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., derided Trump’s sanctions on Turkey as a “wet noodle” and said she would push a bipartisan resolution rebuking the president’s withdrawal, which she and others have portrayed as a betrayal of Kurdish fighters who helped the U.S. battle Islamic State terrorists in Syria. 

“The president gave the green light to Turkey to go in and commit this humanitarian disaster unto the Kurds, making us an untrustworthy ally,” Pelosi told reporters Tuesday. “And then had a wet noodle for his sanctions, which just were not up to the task.”

Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, warned that “leaving the field now” would allow the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, to make a comeback and create a vacuum in Syria for Iran and Russia to fill. 

Over the last few years Syria’s Kurds have carved out a semi-autonomous state on territory that once belonged to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. While Syria’s Kurds are considered to be some of the region’s bravest and most able military fighters they have recognized they are ultimately no match for Turkey’s far larger and better equipped military. After Trump announced the U.S. troop withdrawal, Kurdish leaders entered into an agreement with Assad to try to stem Turkey’s advance. Assad’s forces, in turn, are backed by Russia’s military, an alliance that has enabled him to slowly turn the tide of Syria’s nearly decade long civil war in his favor. 

As Russia has moved to fill the void left by the U.S. withdrawal from the conflict, French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian said in an interview on French television channel BFM Wednesday that France is now looking to Russia for help, given their “common interests” in defeating ISIS in Syria. France and a number of other countries have also banned weapons sales to Turkey. The U.S. is still selling arms to Turkey. 

Trump has invited Pelosi and McConnell, along with other congressional leaders, to the White House Wednesday afternoon for a meeting on the crisis. 

American withdrawal: Russia takes over key U.S. outposts in Syria

Pence and Pompeo are expected to press Turkey to enact a ceasefire when they arrive in Turkey early Thursday. But it’s not clear if they will be able to meet with Erdogan. A senior Trump administration official declined to detail the U.S. delegation’s schedule in Turkey, but said U.S. officials would use the threat of additional U.S. sanctions as leverage to pressure Erdogan to stop his military’s advance into northeastern Syria. 

But the Turkish leader has signaled no interest in a cease fire and apparently little fear of U.S. sanctions, partly because Russia’s military presence makes it the de facto power broker in the conflict. Erdogan said the offensive would continue until Turkey achieves its aims completely, which is to create a “safe zone” between Turkey and Syria that acts as a buffer area to Syria’s Kurds. The “safe zone” would also enable Turkey to resettle several million Syrian refugees currently living on its territory in volatile border areas.

Erdogan has shrugged off the threat of additional U.S. sanctions. 

“They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are not worried about any sanctions,” Erdogan said on his way back from Azerbaijan, according to comments first reported by the Reuters news agency.

What we know: Turkey’s offensive in Syria

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Army shapes long-term war vision with new infantry vehicle

While the particular state of the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition may seem somewhat tangled and uncertain, there does appear to be an unambiguous, aggressive Army intention to field a new infantry fighting vehicle that breaks new ground — when it comes to lethality, protection, deployability, speed, firepower and AI-enabled sensing. Of equal significance, the Army seeks a vehicle “soon,” which can be upgraded effectively.

Some are raising the question as to whether the clarity or focus of this vision could be impaired by the apparent disqualification of the Raytheon-Rheinmetall Lynx vehicle. If, according to reports, the Army disqualified the Lynx for missing the delivery deadline, then only General Dynamics Land Systems remains as the sole bidder. Some are raising the question about having just one vendor initially bidding and submitting early prototypes for the program will compromise its success. This criticism, however valid, merits further exploration given the significance of the program for Army modernization.

Initially, there are several pressing or self-evident elements to this. First, competition for the program will not disappear. The Army plans a full and open production competition for 2023, so no vendors will be discouraged or limited when it comes to evolving, testing and maturing a vehicle. Secondly, the Army asked industry to invest, innovate and engage in dialogue — something which may have been done to varying degrees. It introduces a pertinent question: should Army or industry progress be stalled or complicated in some way when there might not be full clarity regarding vendor participation may change?

Furthermore, timing on the program, per Army strategy, is very significant; remember, this program was initially envisioned as an effort to deliver vehicles as far away as the early 2030s. However, the speed and danger of emerging threats inspired the Army to move up the timeframe for operational status by as much as a decade. Executing this accelerated vision of course hinges upon leveraging promising new innovations and commercial off-the-shelf available technologies — in the near term.

The strategy, as refined by the Army, seeks to both introduce unprecedented combat capability while also bringing many “available now” and “ready to be produced” technologies. With this in mind, many vendors such as General Dynamics and Raytheon-Rheinmetall have “dug deep” to leverage innovations. For instance, General Dynamics innovators, engineers and weapons developers have been spending recent years building prototype Griffin vehicles and other combat subsystems to engage in dialogue with the Army about what they would most like to see. Much of this GD strategy was aimed a soliciting and incorporating the Army’s vision for the new platform. The service has conducted a clear and open competition, and, for their offering, GD developers sought to emphasize the key priorities outlined by the Army, to include 3rd-gen FLIR, Lethality, Optics, Growth Potential, Protection and Transportability.

There are many merits to an approach of this kind, not the least of which are the efforts to demo, test and refine promising near-term technologies. Secondly, a nearer term, produceable vehicle such as the offering General Dynamics and R&R have evolved makes a lot of sense for several reasons. Essentially, many of the most impactful and yet-to-exist combat vehicle technologies are already here in some respects…. and, of even greater relevance, many of the anticipated future breakthroughs such as new AI-empowered algorithms, advanced sensors, autonomy, EW and cyber weapons developments and other weapons adaptations – “can” be added quickly as part of an evolving modernization trajectory for vehicle that is built “now.”

Many of the more immediate technological breakthroughs are expected to come in the form of algorithms, software, networking and sensing – not to mention EW and cyber. This means the best and soonest upgrades may not be hardware intensive, something which enables an existing platform to be brought to paradigm-changing levels of combat capability quickly without huge amounts of “bending” new metal. This bears upon GDs recent experience of prototyping, testing and demonstrating state-of-the-art and emerging combat vehicle weapons technologies. Any vehicle built now, in short, could become almost entirely new in some respects with new weapons and hardened networking creating a combat-web of nodes connecting with drones, helicopters, tanks, dismounted soldiers and even ships and aircraft in multi-domain operations.

Fast-progressing AI-enabled autonomy will likely enable the vehicle to simultaneously control a small fleet of attack-sensor drones increasingly capable of performing key functions independently. This is a combat multiplier as it will ease the “cognitive” burden upon crews while also bringing new weapons and hardware. Information itself is expected to become a larger “weapon of war,” further reinforcing the merits of a GD strategy aimed at moving quickly and refining the most cutting edge technologies on demo vehicles over the course of several years.

GD has much experience with this, as one need only to look at its 1980s era Abrams tank. Today’s Abrams, by even the most cursory examination, is not your tank of the 80s. Upgrades and adaptations have made it an entirely new vehicle. For instance, over the years the Army and GD have added – 3rd-Gen FLIR, Active Protection, Auxiliary Power Units, Multi-Purpose 120mm rounds, digital ammunition loading, ammunition data links, additional underbelly armor protections, massive amounts of electronics, thermal imaging, targeting sensors, computing and C4ISR systems – to cite a few.

Interestingly, while the Abrams naturally has ultimate size, weight, power and mobility limits, much of the current thinking is that — with continued modernization — it may not go anywhere soon. Although unable to deploy easily or travel over some bridges, the protection, power and combat effectiveness of the Abrams is, according to many … “here to stay” for a while.

Finally, many kinds of promising lightweight composites are already being engineered into new vehicles and showing great progress; AI-enabled drone autonomy is not only already here but easily upgradeable on current systems; new sensors can integrate quickly into existing chassis’; and advanced “networking” technologies between air, ground and maritime assets are fast emerging and able to integrate. While some elements or infrastructure of a vehicle chassis built now or over the next few years may not easily be removed, it will still be possible to integrate effective lightweight composites in future years. They could be added as extra protection or blended with new weapons systems. In effect, there is also hardware which can continue to upgrade.

The Army will benefit from staying on course with its current path, regardless of which vendors continue – as it is an auspicious and much needed one.

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Kim Komando with 5 ways thieves are coming after your credit cards

Despite credit card issuers pushing new security measures every year, credit card theft is still a rampant crime. In fact, Federal Trade Commission reports show a significant spike in credit card fraud from the first quarter to the second quarter this year, with about 110,000 reports.

Fraud, scams and data leaks are all on the rise. Not surprisingly, 2019 is on track to be the worst year yet for your privacy, online and otherwise. What do you need to watch out for? Click or tap here for 6 of the biggest scams fooling even the savviest internet users right now.

How can you stay safe in a digital world with hackers lurking around every corner? It starts with strong passwords to protect your accounts, and creating effective ones is about more than tossing in a capital letter and a number. Click or tap here for 5 rules you need to follow every time you create a new password.

Keeping your finances safe also requires diligence. Here’s what you need to know about five threats facing you and your card accounts. Let’s start with those sneak credit card skimmers, because they can be hard to spot.

1. Sneaky skimmers

Credit card skimmers sit directly on top of ordinary credit card slots and are designed to not interfere with their normal function. You can use what seems like a normal card reader and never know your data is being swiped by a scammer.

The most common locations for credit card skimmers are gas pumps and ATMs. After hours, they’re often left unmonitored, which makes it easy for criminals to install and attach a skimmer.

So how can you spot them? “Off-colored” plastic, irregular lights or awkwardly shaped readers can be a red flag, but many skimmers are so small and covert they’re tricky to spot. There are a number of different styles, all with their own tells, and I can help you identify them. Click or tap to see what money-stealing card skimmers look like.

How can you avoid these devious devices? Paying a cashier at the gas station is a great way to stay clear of skimmers at a high-risk location. When choosing an ATM, try to stick to machines attached to your bank instead of generic units and fine those locked behind doors at night.

2. Malicious merchants

Paying a cashier directly doesn’t rule out the dangers of merchant or point-of-sale fraud. Credit card skimmers or skimming software can easily be hooked up to a register, and reports of sketchy stores doing this are not uncommon.

One of the strongest options to fight retail fraud might be in your wallet right now: the EVP chip on your credit or debit card. Not every card uses a chip, but those that do are much harder to extract data from. Most skimmers scan the magnetic strip to extract your data, so your chip card can’t be copied in the same way.

You could also just opt to use cash over a card, but make sure to carry only a little more than you need. Having lots of loose bills on your person makes you more vulnerable to robberies and theft.

Don’t get taken advantage of. Your private information is for your eyes only. Click or tap for 4 essential steps to safer online shopping and banking to protect yourself from would-be scammers.

3. Horrible hacks at popular places

Establishments like fast food restaurants are becoming higher priority targets for hackers due to the sheer volume of money that passes through their doors each day.

Carrying cash is the safest method to avoid fraud, but another strategy is to use your credit card when you’re eating out or shopping instead of your debit card. Credit card limits can put a cap on how much a thief can steal at once. If a thief has access to your bank account, it’s possible for them to take you all the way to zero.

RELATED: Scammers aren’t the only ones with clever hacks. I’ve compiled 10 pro tips to help you speed up your Wi-Fi, spice up your Netflix queue, extend the life of your laptop and more. Tap or click for 10 essential digital life hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.

Strong consumer protection laws for fraudulent credit card charges mean you’d be on the hook for $50, at most. The laws against debit card theft, though, aren’t as powerful. You can challenge transactions made with your stolen card, but be prepared to wait to get your money back. And you don’t alert you bank in time, you may take the entire loss on the nose.

Thieves will do whatever it takes to get your information but you don’t have to be a victim. Don’t sit by passively and let them steal your info. Fight back and shop smart.

4. Fear the free Wi-Fi

Everyone needs to use the internet when traveling, and hotel or coffee shop Wi-Fi is usually the default choice. When the Wi-Fi is free, that’s even better, right? Well, not so much.

As we’ve discussed before, free Wi-Fi has a host of its own security issues. It’s easy for network owners to monitor your activity, and even easier for outsiders and hackers to target the computer you use on the network. This goes double if you use free public Wi-Fi to shop or make purchases. Our advice? Wait to shop or bank until you’re on a secure network.

If you can’t wait, you mask your network activity with a VPN to hide your identity, protect your devices through encryption and keep hackers out. Click or tap for an in-depth guide on how VPNs work and how to set one up on a Windows PC or Mac.

5. Evil emails infiltrating your inbox

We can’t cover scams or hacks without talking about phishing — the most annoying and prolific cybercrime on the web. It’s so popular because it’s easy to do and requires the victim to “let the hacker in” on their own merits. It’s a classic bait-and-switch for credit card and identity info.

Most commonly, phishing schemes are found in your email inbox or on a social media platform like Facebook Messenger. Sometimes, the messages look like official government forms or corporate communications. One thing they all have in common? They link to another website to trick you into entering personal information.

Regardless of what the message or website claims, never enter any personal info online unless you’re certain the website is legitimate. You can usually tell by glancing at the address bar. If the url is long, complicated and doesn’t contain a familiar “.com” you know and love, it might be a fake.

And remember, be wary when opening an email or message from anyone you don’t know, and never follow suspicious external links or download unknown files. A sharp eye and natural skepticism is the best way to stay safe — both on and offline. Your wallet will thank you.

BONUS: 8 ways you’re ruining your Windows computer

We all use computers in one capacity or another, but that doesn’t mean we’re all adept at taking care of them. There are things we do time and time again that make it difficult to keep our machines in tip-top shape — like not running virus protection software or leaving tons of tabs open online so your performance is eventually dragged down.

There are a number of things you may be doing right now to ensure you’re fast-tracking your way to certain doom, in terms of your computer, anyway. We’ve assembled some useful tips to keep you from continually committing these eight Windows faux pas.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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Elton John Says He Let Stevie Wonder Drive His Snowmobile Alone

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Elton John said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday that he once let Stevie Wonder drive his snowmobile ― and the “Rocket Man” singer had one heckuva line about the moment.

John, promoting his memoir “Me,” explained to host Kimmel that he was recording music at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado, when Wonder declared he wanted to go out on the snowmobile. John obliged, and Wonder, blind since infancy, piloted the vehicle solo.

“And we thought, OK, that’s another rival gone,” John deadpanned. “That’s him out of the way. We just needed to get Phil Collins and Rod Stewart up there.”

John didn’t explain how the ride went.

You can fast forward to the Wonder segment at 3:35 in the video above. Then stick around for the story of the time he played charades with Bob Dylan at Neil Diamond’s house and got a tad too competitive.

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