Check out the apps that will intercept robocalls and tell you when they're done

Check out the apps that will intercept robocalls and tell you when they’re done

Pesky calls from telemarketers may be easier to combat than ever.
With new apps like Robokiller, spam calls are automatically intercepted so that your phone may never even ring.
ABC News’ Paula Faris demonstrated the app’s functionality on “Good Morning America” to show that when a robocall was placed, it didn’t even come through on her device.
(ABC News) ABC News’ Paula Faris demonstrates how an app can help stop spam calls from coming through. The app automatically answers a robocall and the spammer hears a so-called “answer bot” that keeps the spam caller on the line, wasting that person’s time so they can’t make as many calls.
“It’s intercepting the call but then it’s taking it one step further,” Faris said. “Basically it’s gonna troll the robocaller.”
Faris said the app will keep the caller on the line for 45 minutes to monopolize their time.
(MORE: Lawmakers, tech industry look to thwart robocalls) After the call ends, the phone with the installed app receives a notification that it successfully blocked the call.
Instead of feeling annoyed by getting a spam call, you’ll feel vindicated.
Robokiller is free to download, with a monthly subscription fee of $3.99 or $29.99 for a full year.
Many robocalls come up as “unknown” on caller ID, and a lot of phone companies give the option to automatically reject anonymous calls. In most cases, you can dial *-7-7 on your phone to set that up.
The four major cellphone carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — all have tools to identify and filter spam calls. Most are free.
There are several other apps that block these calls, including Nomorobo, Truecaller and Hiya. Some charge a fee to use, while others are free — make sure to check the app’s fine print.

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Texas councilman calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘bimbo’ before apologizing and deleting account

Texas councilman calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘bimbo’ before apologizing and deleting account New York Daily News 2 hrs ago Jessica Schladebeck © SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images A City Council member from a Dallas suburb took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on his personal Twitter account before quickly backtracking and apologizing.
Richardson City Councilman Scott Dunn’s tweet, which appears to be in response to a post from the newly-elected congresswoman, was captured in a screenshot and re-shared online this week.
“The embarrassment is to have bimbos like you with nothing between your ears,” the Texas politician wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez skyrocketed to political stardom after she beat out ten-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley in one the biggest upsets in the 2018 midterm-primaries. She has since become a lightning rod, particularly for the GOP, who have been vocally critical of her and her Democratic socialist platform.
The context surrounding Dunn’s tweet is unclear as he deleted his account amid criticism and backlash online, but it was in “defense of the President” and his recent State of the Union Address, the Dallas Morning-News reported.
“The words I used were offensive,” Dunn wrote in an apology posted to his personal Facebook page, which has since been made private. “I am responsible for my own words and actions. I apologize to anyone who finds what I said offensive.”
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker in a statement condemned the remarks as “disparaging” and said he has already expressed his concerns to Dunn.
“Richardson’s values are best upheld when we engage in civic discourse that is civil in tone, respectful of others and designed to produce constructive outcomes for the betterment of our community,” Voelker said. “Even when we disagree about important political and social issues, we shouldn’t resort to name-calling.”
The mayor added that while the social media posts were not made in any official capacity, he said the language is not “befitting an elected representative of our diverse and multifaceted community — one where the values of tolerance and inclusivity have long been paramount.”

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Thousands of bus routes ‘at risk’ of being scrapped, warn councils – BBC News

Thousands of bus routes ‘at risk’ of being scrapped, warn councils 9 February 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of bus routes in England are under threat because councils have said they cannot afford to pay for them.
They blamed an “unsustainable” funding gap of £652m in the free bus pass scheme, which local authorities have been forced to fill.
Councils subsidise 44% of English bus routes but they warned that, without more funding, these could be cut.
The government said it provides £250m a year to support bus routes and £1bn for free bus passes.
Councils are required by law to reimburse bus operators for carrying passengers who hold a free off-peak bus pass, such as the over-65s and disabled people. Bus journeys: Your questions answered
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils, said that the gap between government funding for the free bus pass scheme and the actual costs has soared from £200m in 2016 to £652m in 2017/18.
That increasingly means they have less money to spend on supporting rural bus services, as well as other optional forms of subsidy such as free peak-time travel for pass holders, post-16 school transport or support for young people’s travel. ‘Protect vital routes’
The LGA is calling for the government to return to fully funding the costs of the free bus pass scheme in the Spending Review this year.
Councillor Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, said: “Properly funding the national free bus pass scheme is essential if the government wants councils to be able to maintain our essential bus services, reduce congestion and protect vital routes.
“If this is not addressed in the Spending Review it could lead to older people having a free bus pass but no bus to travel on.”
The LGA said more than 3,000 routes have already been withdrawn, altered or reduced since 2010/11.
A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “It is for councils to decide which bus operations to support in their areas, but we help to subsidise costs through around £250m worth of investment every year.”
She said that £42m of this sum goes to local authorities and an additional £1bn is used to fund free bus passes. Related Topics

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Kang Daniel To Make Special Appearance On tvN’s “Coffee Friends” For EXO’s Sehun

by U. Kim
Kang Daniel will be making a special appearance on tvN’s variety show “Coffee Friends”!
On February 8, news outlet Edaily reported that Kang Daniel made a brief visit to the set of “Coffee Friends” last month while staying at Jeju Island for vacation. He visited the set out of his friendship with EXO’s Sehun, who was invited to guest on the show as a part-timer by Yoo Yeon Seok.
Later, a source from Kang Daniel’s agency stated, “It is true that he made a visit to the set of tvN’s ‘Coffee Friends’ to meet up with EXO’s Sehun.”
The episode with Kang Daniel’s appearance is scheduled to air at the end of this month, and it may be Kang Daniel’s first television appearance since the end of Wanna One’s promotions.
Meanwhile, Kang Daniel recently moved agencies to LM Entertainment and is gearing up for a solo debut.
“Coffee Friends” airs every Friday at 9:10 p.m. KST.

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Stafford house fire: Two arrested after four children die – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Police handout Image caption (L-R) Keegan, Tilly Rose, Olly and Riley died in the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after four children died in a house fire.
A 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man are in custody, Staffordshire Police said.
Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Tilly Rose Unitt, four, and Olly Unitt, three, died in the blaze in Highfields, Stafford, on Tuesday.
The force urged people not to speculate on what may have happened.
The children’s 24-year-old mother, Natalie Unitt, and her 28-year-old partner, Chris Moulton, leapt from a first-floor window with the siblings’ two-year-old brother, Jack.
They did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Neighbours and friends have been leaving tributes near the scene
Staffordshire Police said: “This incident has had a huge impact on the community and we understand there will be confusion and a demand for information.”
The cause of the fire is unknown and investigations are continuing.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s deputy chief fire officer Rob Barber said: “Our work investigating the cause of the fire continues and we will make that public as soon as we are able.”

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