►Some hospitals in North Carolina have made the flu shut mandatory for employees--the latest in what one doctor says is a national trend. “Officials at the care facilities say the forward-thinking policy was put in place because the common flu may have not-so-common effects on people facing more serious illnesses and whose immune systems are not strong enough to combat the virus,” ABC News reports.
►A former U.S. soldier and owner of a Texas dry cleaning business who was arrested in October had a cache of weapons, raid gear, and fake CIA credentials, according to a federal search warrant. Police were tipped off to Azeez Al-Ghaziani after someone called to report a damaged vehicle parked behind his business. “When officers arrived, they saw what appeared to be fraudulent military identification cards inside the vehicle,” NBC 5 reports. Federal agents search Al-Ghaziani’s business and found fake IDs, weapons, and a white powder that tested positive for methamphetamine.
►RT reports on Verizon’s new patent for the “DVR of the future” -- a DVR that monitors what TV watchers are doing and plays ads accordingly. “The set-top box would use a depth sensor, an image sensor, an audio sensor and a thermal sensor to determine what those watching television are doing. If a couple is having an argument in front of the TV, a marriage counseling ad may come up. If two people are cozying up, Verizon may put up an ad for contraceptives or a romantic getaway,” RT reports. The DVR would be able to distinguish pets and communicate with mobile devices. The patent was originally filed in 2011.
►In other news, watering hole attacks are the new way to spearphish, according to a new research report from Websense. ♦ Police in Arlington, Virginia credit an 11 percent drop in crime to assigning officers to specific neighborhoods to build rapport with residents. The department says it wants to continue that trend and has set a goal to drop crime by 50 percent in the next three years. ♦ And after a data breach that affected 80 percent of South Carolina taxpayers, the state’s inspector general is calling for a statewide data security program.