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  • Apple says iOS 8 will shield your data from police

    By By Chris Isidore
    Published On: Sep 18 2014 06:57:26 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 18 2014 09:18:56 PM CDT
    iOS 8 on iPhone

    From Apple

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -

    Apple says its new mobile operating system puts text messages, emails, photos and other data out of the reach of police -- even if authorities present the company with a search warrant.

    In a blog post, Apple says that iOS 8, which began rolling out Wednesday, has new encryption that will no longer allow the company to bypass a customer's passcode to access the data.

    "So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8," it said.

    Earlier versions of the operating system allowed the company to bypass the password, as does rival operating systems, according to Apple.

    But if customers back up the information on iCloud, the protection from warrants disappears, since Apple will comply with warrants to turn over information on its servers.

    But Apple clearly senses that added privacy protections are a selling point for its products.

    "I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will," wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook on the blog.

    The site also brags that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has given Apple top marks for "standing with our customers when the government seeks access to their data."

  • Vehicle pile up after heavy rain, ambulance sideswiped by 18-wheeler

    By Rachel Smith, Associate Producer, rsmith@ktxs.com
    Nick Bradshaw, KTXS Photographer, nbradshaw@ktxs.com
    John Grobe, News Reporter, jgrobe@ktxs.com
    Doug Myers, Digital Media Manager, dmyers@ktxs.com
    Published On: Sep 18 2014 04:22:12 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 18 2014 10:16:00 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A number of accidents occurred Thursday afternoon on westbound Interstate 20 near Merkel, including one involving an ambulance. The wrecks occurred between mile markers 271 and 275 near Merkel.

    An 18-wheeler jackknifed on the roadway, causing six cars behind it to brake and rear end each other. An ambulance that responded to the scene was sideswiped by a different 18-wheeler.

    The Merkel Volunteer Fire Department and Police Department were on the crash scene.

    "There was an accident ahead of the [ambulance]," said Justin Ray, volunteer firefighter, "the ambulance had stopped and then this vehicle ran into the side of the ambulance."

    Mary Ingram was visiting from New Mexico -- she was in the accident.

    "All I saw was a van coming sideways behind me," Ingram said.

    No one was injured in the accidents. Traffic was diverted from I-20, completely backing up the service roads.

    Authorities asked motorists to be extremely careful as heavy rains fell in Abilene and the Big Country.Several streets in Abilene were closed due to the high water.

    Abilene firefighters rescued a man about 3:30 p.m. Thursday when his Mercedes became stuck in high water under the railroad crossing on Pine Street between South 1st and North 1st streets.

    The man remained in the car five to 10 minutes before firefighters pulled him from the car.He wasn’t injured.

    In addition to the Pine Street underpass being closed, the Mockingbird underpass also was closed.

    Meanwhile, the Abilene High School 2014 Homecoming Parade scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled due to heavy rain.

    The pep rally, slated to start at the conclusion of the parade, has been moved to Eagle Gym at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, according to Abilene ISD officials.

    At the same time, Judge Corn has lifted the Burn Ban for Callahan County. 

    We will continue to keep you updated on developments.

  • Man pays $1,000 to feed those in drive-thru at Abilene Chick-Fil-A

    By John Grobe, News Reporter, jgrobe@ktxs.com
    Published On: Sep 16 2014 04:22:06 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 17 2014 01:23:11 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Monday evening rush was hectic at the south side Chick-Fil-A, but then something happened – a man donated $1,000 and told employees he wanted to pay for everyone in the drive-thru line behind him.

    During that hour employees saw most customers smile, some cry and all of them in shock.

    Chick-Fil-A team member Duste Wolf worked Monday night and saw everything.

    "One lady actually cried because she had a really tough day," Wolf said. "She had a lot of bad stuff happen to her."

    The woman's tears were of joy -- the free meal was a gift to everyone.

    When employees asked the man about himself all he said was his name – John. According to employees John said he donated the money in order to make everyone's Monday better.

    According to Brian LaCroix, the franchise owner, making Monday a good day is exactly what he did.

    "He paid for 88 cars in a little over an hour," LaCroix said. "He pretty much bought everyone's meal in the drive-thru for a little over an hour."

    The man handed over 10 $100 bills to pay for the meals at about 7 pm Monday night.

    Chick-Fil-A employees have seen customers purchase meals for others but never with this much money. The mysterious man made a lot of people happy.

  • Walmart Express cancels plans for Albany location

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Sep 18 2014 11:46:59 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 18 2014 08:31:03 PM CDT
    ALBANY, Texas -

    Albany will not be getting a Walmart Express after the company terminated its plans for the project last week. The proposed store was slated to be built just outside the city limits.

    Plans for the store seemed to be going well, the final step was to sign papers last week to start construction.

    "The landowners and Walmart were going to sign and then just a few days before the 15th, the attorney called us and said it's a no go," said Albany City Manager David Denman.

    Some residents are upset about the cancelled store plans.

    "I was hoping it would come," said Billy Boland. "I think it would be beneficial to the people of Albany. I'm disappointed."

    Others are happy, they didn't want the store in the first place.

    "These people would not survive if the Walmart did come here," said Wyatt Moon. "It would ruin the town in my opinion."

    When asked why the plans were cancelled, Walmart emailed us this statement.

    "After careful consideration, we have made a business decision not to pursue the option to build a Walmart store in Albany," said Director of Communications Anne Hatfield for Walmart Public Affairs and Government Relations.

    "We reimbursed the city expenses incurred to them during this exploratory process. However our commitment to our customers has not changed. We will continue to pursue the opportunity to provide our customers throughout North Texas the convenient and affordable shopping experience that our stores have to offer."

    Denman said he hopes without the Walmart, they can maintain their sense of community.

    "We still have the basic necessities," said Denman. "Those people have benefited because the competition didn't come in and we'll still continue to have our quaint, nice little town."

    Walmart is currently working on express stores around the Big Country. The Walmart Express in Anson is almost complete. Construction on an express store in Merkel has begun. The company is still looking into store possibilities in Haskell and Clyde.

  • Truck stolen from Wylie area, taken to park and set on fire

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Sep 18 2014 11:44:47 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 18 2014 11:45:15 AM CDT
    Crime
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A truck was stolen in the middle of the night from a Wylie area neighborhood and then set on fire sometime between Monday and Tuesday.

    According to the incident report, the reporting party said he left his keys in his pickup truck and left the doors unlocked. Someone stole the truck and took it to Kirby Lake Park and set it on fire.

    The truck was taken from a residence on Ryan Circle in a subdivision off Antilley Road and near Wylie High School.

    Police do not currently have any suspects and are continuing to investigate.

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    Wet weather is expected for the next several afternoons as remnants of Hurricane Odile spiral very near our region. Expect near normal daytime highs in the mid 80s.