A federal court in Massachusetts set Dec. 1 as the date to hear a motion by lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seeking a new trial in the deadly bombing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. On Friday, Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled the hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston in response to a motion filed by Tsarnaev's lawyers during the summer.
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When U.S. prosecutors this week charged two Israelis and an American fugitive with raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in one of the largest and most complex cases of cyber fraud ever exposed, they also provided an unusual look into the burgeoning industry of criminal hackers for hire. The trio, who are accused of orchestrating massive computer breaches at JPMorgan Chase & Co and other financial firms, as well as a series of other major offences, did little if any hacking themselves, the federal indictments and a previous civil case brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicate. "They clearly had to recruit co-conspirators and have that type of hacker-for-hire," said Austin Berglas, former assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's New York cyber division, who worked the JPMorgan case before he left the agency in May. "This is the first case where it's that clear of a connection." Berglas, who now heads cyber investigations for private firm K2 Intelligence, said additional major cases of freelance hacking will come to light, especially as more people become familiar with online tools such as Tor that seek to conceal a user’s identity and location.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures. That's raising insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting viral disease.
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man gave a fatal dose of a powerful painkiller to his girlfriend's 17-year-old daughter because she was upset about not seeing her boyfriend, according to a police affidavit released Friday.
Pauley Perrette, an actress on the popular U.S. television show "NCIS," was attacked in Los Angeles by a homeless man who punched her repeatedly in the face and made her fear for her life, she said in a social media post. Perrette, who plays a forensic investigator on the hit police procedural "NCIS," said the man kept telling her his name was "William" and warning her not to forget it. Officers arrested David Merck, a 45-year-old transient, on Thursday and booked him for aggravated battery, said Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Ricardo Hernandez.
A U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Syria believed to be transporting the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," U.S. officials said, but it was still unclear whether the strike killed the British man who appears in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages.
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — Educators in a small Colorado town say they had no choice but to go police when they discovered that many high-schoolers were using a cellphone app to collect and hide hundreds of naked photos of themselves.
Trouble at Nordstrom - seen as head-and-shoulder above rivals such as Macy's Inc and cheaper retailers including Kohl's Corp in terms of style, quality and customer service - may indicate a permanent shift in the way people shop and what they buy, analysts said. "The confusing disconnect between the seemingly strong health of the high-end U.S. consumer on paper and actual retailer results is much more a reflection of the tectonic shifts across the retail landscape," Evercore analysts said in a note. Nordstrom followed Macy's on Thursday in reporting same-store sales well below Wall Street expectations and cutting its full-year forecast.