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Small business feels vulnerable to cyberattacks from ex-worker

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:46
Technology columnist Patrick Marshall recommends hiring consultant to monitor your network security.

Auvil Fire grows to 1,000 acres

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:46
ORONDO — Thursday afternoon lightning sparked a fire that quickly grew to 1,000 acres overnight near Daroga State Park north of Wenatchee.

U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:45

Canada's National Research Council hackedA cyberattack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday.

VIDEO: What are options in fight against IS?

BBC World News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:41
As Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announces Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, the BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports on the options in the fight against the IS regime.
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. brings new charges against accused Silk Road creator

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:39
A new indictment against Ross Ulbricht, 30, filed late on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, added charges of narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the Internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents. The new charges came on top of four other counts previously asserted by prosecutors: narcotics trafficking conspiracy, continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. Ulbricht, who prosecutors said was known online as "Dread Pirate Roberts," lost his bid to dismiss the earlier charges in July. Prosecutors say Ulbricht owned and operated Silk Road, which they allege served as a black-market bazaar where drugs and criminal services like computer hacking and forgeries could be bought in exchange for the digital currency bitcoin.

Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is warning that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about their customers.

Correction: Oil Spill-Land Conservation story

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:37

This July 30, 2014 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows fringe marshes along Powderhorn Lake in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is leading the purchase of the 17,300-square-foot Powderhorn Ranch 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. It is largely financed by a fund created by BP and Transocean in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Earl Nottingham)HOUSTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 21 about a new state park planned for southeast Texas, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of money from a BP and Transocean fund that was used to buy the land. It was $34.5 million, not $32 million. The AP also misidentified the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's executive director, Carter Smith, as the head of its nonprofit fundraising partner, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Lastly, it was the state agency, not the foundation, that estimated that as much as 99 percent of Texas' coastal plain has been lost to agriculture or animal grazing.

U.S. court revives suit over Sturm coffee pod 'knockoffs'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:35
Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court had been too hasty in denying plaintiffs’ request to sue as a group and dismissing their claims against Sturm and its parent company TreeHouse Foods, the makers of Grove Square Coffee. Sturm and TreeHouse had attempted to jump into the lucrative market for Keurig-compatible coffee pods, or K-cups, in 2010, two years before Keurig’s patent on a design for the filter for the cartridge expired, the ruling said.

Executions in Gaza Are a Warning to Spies

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:34
Witnesses said more than a dozen people were killed in what was seen as a message to potential informants after Israel’s assassination of three Hamas military leaders.

Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:33
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program. The 126-page lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that fraud, lying and "a pattern of racketeering" by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars. Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said. Oracle issued a statement saying the suit "is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project.

Lennon killer denied parole again

BBC World News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:31
Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon in 1980, is denied parole for an eighth time by authorities in New York.
Categories: BBC World News

Community Corner for Aug. 23-24

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:31
Weekend events for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, include the Duwamish River Festival, Tibet Fest and last weekend for on-duty lifeguards at Seattle beaches.

Kate Bush Fans Travel to See Rare Concerts in London

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:28
Kate Bush steps onto a London stage next week for her first live shows since 1978, and her fans are traversing continents to take part.

Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, investigators leave the scene of a drive-by shooting at Bastendorf Beach, Ore. A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach left a suicide note that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself. Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier released the notes Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/KCBY, Angelica Carrillo, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself.

CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:27

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat." A CDC spokesman said Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, that Frieden wants to meet the African and international health leaders trying to control the outbreak, and to hear what help they need. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding.

Dozens killed in Iraq mosque attack

BBC World News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:26
Suspected Shia militants kill at least 68 worshippers at a Sunni mosque, in a blow to a government push for sectarian unity against IS militants.
Categories: BBC World News

Passenger charged in pre-flight cellphone dispute

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:26
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland authorities say a traveler who refused to turn off his cellphone and fought with flight attendants as a plane taxied for takeoff has been jailed and charged with aggravated disorderly conduct.

Embattled NY jail's investigations chief quits

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:21
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of internal investigations at the embattled Rikers Island jail complex resigned Friday amid intense scrutiny over civil rights violations and inmate deaths.

Former Texas teacher gets 10 years for killing boy in hit-and-run

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:18
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former Texas school teacher was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident that prompted a highly publicized manhunt in 2013. Tammy Lowe, 54, was founded guilty and sentenced to eight years in the death of John Paul Raidy, who was struck in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie while crossing a street at an intersection with his mother as she pushed his younger sister in a stroller. The veteran Grand Prairie middle school teacher was also sentenced to 10 years for failure to stop and render aid. The sentences will run concurrently and she must serve at least five years before being eligible for parole, a spokesman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said.

Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:17

The casket of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords is carried from a church in Rutland, Vt., on Friday Aug. 22, 2014, followed by Jeffords' two children, Laura and Leonard and their families. Jeffords died Monday in Washington at age 80. Jeffords was known nationally for leaving the Republican Party in 2001, switching control of the Senate to the Democrats. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Sen. Jim Jeffords left his mark on the state and the nation during more than 30 years in Washington, but family and friends said he never lost his affinity for the Vermont countryside or let his position eclipse his love for his family and the simple things in life.