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Cop turns table on IRS scammer

With less than a month left in tax season, Americans may be getting those phone calls that claim that the IRS will have a an arrest warrant issued.

It’s all a scam, and the callers tried to scam the wrong person this time.

Kyle Roder received a call from the “IRS” that threatened that he’d be arrested if he didn’t call back ASAP, The Huffington Post reported.

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That’s when Roder, an Eau Claire police officer, scammed the scammer.

He called the number, having a co-worker record the call.

Roder asked if the number he called was the IRS, saying that he had received a call stating that he committed fraud.

The other man answered yes and asked for a case number.

Roder said he was not given one, but the man said that wasn’t an issue. He could look it up with an address, CBS News reported.

That’s when Roder started questioning the man, first asking how can he be arrested without an address, then asking how long until police showed up, The Huffington Post reported.

He also asked what the man’s name was.  First it was given as James Maxwell, then James Johnson, and finally settled on James Maxwell Johnson.

Eau Claire Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page where it has had nearly 4 million views.

The IRS warns that the agency will not:

  • Call without first sending a bill in the mail
  • Demand that you pay taxes without questioning or appealing the amount
  • Require that it has to be paid a certain way
  • Threaten you with police 

For more on the IRS phone call scam, click here.

2-year-old with rare disease becomes honorary police officer in NJ

A 2-year-old with a rare genetic disease became the youngest police officer in New Jersey, WABC reported.

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Trent Powers is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and on Wednesday he became an honorary member of the Spotswood Police Department

Powers was all smiles as he received his own uniform and a small Chevy Tahoe police car. Powers was presented with badge No. 50 in the department and will be the only officer to have that badge number, New Jersey News 12 reported.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a terminal illness, and most patients usually die in their 20s. The Powers family started “The Powers Promise Campaign” to help raise awareness and find a cure, New Jersey News 12 reported.The Police Benevolent Association also gave the Powers family a check for $3,000, WABC reported.

Police Warn Iphone Users to Stop Saying 108 to Siri

Police Warn Iphone Users to Stop Saying 108 to Siri

Mother, Daughter Killed Minutes Apart In Separate Crashes

Mother, Daughter Killed Minutes Apart In Separate Crashes

Mother, Daughter Killed Minutes Apart In Separate Crashes

Mother, Daughter Killed Minutes Apart In Separate Crashes

Scientists develop blood test to detect, find cancer

Scientists at the University of California may have just made the next breakthrough in the battle against cancer.

A test called CancerLocator works by looking for DNA released from tumors and circulates in the blood, The Telegraph reported.

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And the test doesn’t just find cancer, it can also tell doctors where the cancer is located.

That’s because tumors have a “footprint” depending on where they’re located and computers running the CancerLocator test can zero in on it.

But don’t ask doctors for the test just yet, it’s still in the testing phase, with the developers telling The Telegraph that it “requires further validation.”

The study was published in the journal Genome Biology.

Assisted living facility worker in Florida arrested for filming couple having sex

A Florida woman who worked at an assisted living facility secretly recorded two residents having sex last year and posted the video on a social media website because she found it amusing, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Alexis Gloria Rebecca Williams, 20, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of video voyeurism and one count of video voyeurism dissemination, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Williams was a medical assistant at the Bristol Court Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg. She has now been fired, the Times reported.

According to detectives, on Aug. 1 a video was shot of a 59-year-old male resident at Bristol Court having consensual sex with another resident, an 81-year-old woman. The residents did not know anyone was recording what they were doing, according to the Sheriff's Office release.

Detectives said that an unidentified citizen saw the video on the social media website Snapchat and on Aug. 5 contacted the Bristol Court staff about the sexually explicit video. The staff called deputies, the Times reported.

Detectives identified Williams as the employee after a seven-month investigation and arrested her. When questioned on Wednesday she admitted she had shot the video, the Times reported. According to spokesman Sgt. Spencer Gross, Williams said she had done it "for her own amusement."

7 things to know now: Health care vote; new iPad; ‘Star Wars’ news

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Health care vote: President Donald Trump decided the time for talking was over, according to the White House, when he let GOP leaders in the House know late Thursday that he wanted an up or down vote on a new health care package to take place on Friday. After a day of wrangling for votes, Trump said he was done working deals with those who said they would not support the legislation aimed at repealing and replacing most of the Affordable Care Act.

2. Cancer triggers: Scientists say that normal healthy cells in the body that make a “typo” when they multiply play a large role in who develops cancer. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday that about two-thirds of the mutations that are seen in cancers are random errors in the multiplication of cells. The scientists were quick to stress that while these “mistakes” are linked to the disease, many cancers are a result of risky behavior such as smoking, lack of exercise and a bad diet, and those can be prevented.

3. New iPad on sale: If you’ve had your eye on an iPad, today is the day you can place your order for Apple’s newest version of the tablet. Plus, there’s a bonus – it’s cheaper than recent iPads. The new 9.7-inch screen version, which was unveiled earlier this week, starts at $329 and has up to 10 hours of battery life. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the 12-inch iPad Pro, but then it doesn’t cost $799 either.

4. CIA hack of iPhone, Mac: A release of documents from WikiLeaks suggest the CIA has a program that can be used to hack into iPhones and Mac computers. The technique, according to cyber security experts, is one that involves an older model of the devices, and generally requires some physical access. "The most notable part of this latest WikiLeaks release is that it shows the CIA doing exactly what we pay them to — exploit specific targets with limited attacks to support our national interests," Rich Mogull, CEO of the security research firm Securosis, told The Associated Press. 

5. London terror attack: The man who stabbed and ran over people in a terror attack in London this week was British-born and known to law enforcement authorities, according to officials in the United Kingdom. Khalid Masood, 52, was born Adrian Russel Ajao. He was a Muslim convert, according to some news reports, and was known to security services as "a peripheral figure, … not part of the current intelligence picture.”

And one more

Disney head Bob Iger says the next movie in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Last Jedi,” will not be changed in light of the death of actress Carrie Fisher. "We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII (“The Last Jedi”). We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Iger said fans could see “another decade-and-a-half of “Star Wars” stories” come to the big screen. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is available on Google Play, as of Friday. It is priced at $19.99. The movie will be available on Blu-ray on April 4.

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Trump chicken balloons coming to America

A huge Donald Trump chicken is expected to fly high at the Tax March in San Francisco. 

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The organizers of the march bought a 13-foot balloon, which taunts Donald Trump’s golden locks and hand gestures, from Chinese e-commerce site Aliababa, according to SF Gate.

March organizers weren’t satisfied and scrambled to get money for an even bigger inflatable chicken by posting to a second GoFundMe page. That appeal brought in more than $2,000, which is enough for a 30-foot chicken.

Former Egyptian president Mubarak set free

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from his detention, the BBC reported.

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Mubarak,88, left a military hospital in southern Cairo and went to his home in the northern suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said. Mubarak was released after Egypt's top appeals court earlier this month cleared him over the deaths of protesters in the 2011 uprising.

Mubarak became president in 1981 after Anwar Sadat's assassination.

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