Cybercriminals are trying to steal financial information from Americans through the QR codes that restaurants and businesses have increasingly turned to during the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI warned this week.

FBI says crooks are using fake QR codes to steal money

Nashville International Airport, in particular, saw a record spike that singlehandedly broke the previous state record. The TSA caught 163 guns at BNA checkpoints in 2021 -- more than all other Tennessee airports combined. Nashville's airport also saw the fifth-most guns caught at TSA checkpoints compared to the rest of the U.S.

Nashville airport alone breaks all-time TN record for gun seizures at TSA checkpoints in 2021

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Photos and videos showing piles of empty boxes littered alongside rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California have gone viral as shipping companies say they've seen a dramatic spike in railroad theft. Some of the boxes are packages from companies like UPS, Amazon and FedEx.

Thieves in LA are looting freight trains filled with packages from UPS, FedEx and Amazon

On Thursday, the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Tennessee chapter filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in the federal mask lawsuit, arguing "universal school masking policies substantially reduce the risk of death and serious illness among Tennessee's school-age children and their families."

National pediatricians' group joins federal suit to support Knox County Schools mask mandate

"Knoxville Fire Department investigators, along with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), have conducted a thorough scene investigation of the December 31st 710 N. Cherry Street - Planned Parenthood fire and determined the fire to have been purposely set by an individual or individuals who, at this time, remain unidentified," the fire department said in a statement.

New Year's Eve fire at Planned Parenthood facility in Tennessee was arson, officials say

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A top Tennessee House Republican lawmaker has apologized for losing his temper and being ejected from watching a high school basketball game after a confrontation with a referee. The dustup included what appeared to be either a feigned or failed attempt at pulling down the official’s pants, according to video footage.

Tennessee lawmaker upset at game

The relationship between a hairstylist and a client can be far more than simply somebody to cut and shape hair, which is why Tennessee is the latest state to require cosmetologists to complete training on how to recognize and respond to signs of domestic abuse.

Tennessee is the latest state to require hairstylists to complete domestic violence training

Elon Musk, the world's richest person, alone gained nearly $118 billion in just the last 12 months. Meanwhile, the United Nations estimated 150 million people fell into poverty in 2021.

According to Bloomberg, the combined net worths of the 500 people in its billionaire index now exceeds $8.4 trillion. That's more than the gross domestic product of any single country on the planet except the United States and China.

world's 500 richest people became $1 trillion richer last year

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A study from the Professional Educators of Tennessee shows around 22% of teachers across Tennessee said they don't plan to stay in education — a fifth of the state's workforce for teaching children. More than 80% of teachers in the study also said teacher morale was the biggest challenge facing educators.

More than 80% of teachers concerned about morale as more people plan to leave the profession

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Matt Hawn has become a focal point of one of this past year's biggest racial controversies. The former public high school teacher in Tennessee was thrust into the national spotlight after he was fired from his tenured job for the way he taught students about White privilege.

They grew up surrounded by racism. But early on they chose a different path

He Taught a Ta-Nehisi Coates Essay. Then He Was Fired.

At issue are instruments known as radar altimeters that pilots of commercial airliners need to make safe landings in low visibility conditions. An industry analysis says interference could affect hundreds of thousands of flights each year, delaying flights or causing them to divert.

Boeing and Airbus want Biden administration to delay rollout of 5G cell service, citing safety concerns

"We are disappointed that the bill will not pass," Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, said in the statement on Monday. "We urge Senator Manchin to revisit his opposition to this legislation and work with his colleagues to pass something that will help keep coal miners working, and have a meaningful impact on our members, their families and their communities."

Coal miners want Joe Manchin to reverse opposition to Build Back Better

With every new college semester, students are faced with multiple syllabuses outlining the subjects in their classes.

But do students read them thoroughly? One Tennessee professor put it to the test.

A professor hid a cash prize on campus. All students had to do was read the syllabus

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The lawsuit said Ramsey believed that taking preventative measures against Covid-19 "were [sic] against the will of God."

Lawsuit claims radio host Dave Ramsey discouraged working from home by employees during pandemic

The sweltering heat — equivalent to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit — was seen on June 20, 2020 in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk, marking the highest temperature ever recorded above the Arctic Circle, the World Meteorological Organization said.

Newly-confirmed Arctic record 100-degree heat in Siberia setting off climate change "alarm bells," U.N. says

AccuWeather forecasters say temperatures typically top out at only around 60 F (15.5 C) by mid-June in Verkhoyansk, a town located 71 miles (115 km) north of the Arctic Circle. The town's meteorological observation station has been in operation for more than 135 years, dating back to 1885.

Siberian town topped 100 degrees, a new Arctic record

As a catastrophic tornado approached this city on Friday, employees of a candle factory — which would later be destroyed — heard the warning sirens and wanted to leave the building. But at least four workers told NBC News that supervisors warned employees they would be fired if they left their shifts early.

Factory workers threatened with firing if they left before tornado, employees say

A level 3 out of 5 "enhanced risk" has been issued for the greater Memphis area, along with Nashville; Evansville, Indiana, and much of western Kentucky.

More than 5 million people should prepare for possible nocturnal tornadoes Friday

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Why the big increase? Nearly half (46%) of employers cited the need to offer higher wages in order to attract workers given the labor shortage.

Employers are preparing for big pay raises in 2022

On the last business day of October, the number of job openings increased to 11.0 million (+431,000). The job openings rate was little changed at 6.9 percent. Job openings increased in several industries with the largest increases in accommodation and food services (+254,000); nondurable goods manufacturing (+45,000); and educational services (+42,000). Job openings decreased in state and local government, excluding education (-115,000). The number of job openings increased in the South region.
(See table 1.)

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

U.S. job openings jump to 11 million; fewer workers voluntarily quitting

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