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May 17, 2019

IN THE NEWS: TEN CHARGED IN MALWARE ATTACKS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Have a computer that’s been affected by malware? There’s word that some people could end up being held to account for their behind-the-scenes trickery. U.S. and European authorities say ten people have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide. The authorities say the malware efforts sought to steal $100 million from victims _ by taking remote control of infected computers and sucking money from victims’ bank accounts. Five of the ten people are Russian fugitives.

IN THE NEWS: PRELIMINARY VOTE TO BAN HOME RENTALS IN NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawmakers in The Big Easy are looking to make it harder for people to rent their homes to tourists on sites like Airbnb. The New Orleans city council has approved a ban on “whole home” short-term vacation rentals. The 7-0 vote will be followed by a final tally in 90 days. People who own residences in most parts of New Orleans will still be able to rent out part of their home to visitors. But to do so, they’d have to prove they have a homestead tax exemption granted by the state to people who own their main residence. Some building owners and managers oppose the changes, saying they had played by the rules when they bought their property _ and are now being penalized. And a representative of a cleaning service said fewer short-term rentals would mean fewer jobs.

ON THE WEB: NOTED ARCHITECT DIES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — He was a slight, unpretentious man. But I.M. Pei (PAY) is being remembered as an architect who cast a long shadow over the field with his imaginative international projects. His works ranged from the trapezoid-shaped addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris _ and the Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong. Pei was known for his painstaking research for each project, studying its use and relating it to the environment. I.M. Pei was 102.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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