FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:04:59 -0400
By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe. The FBI warning in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the agency's Cyber Division did not identify the intruders or the two states targeted. Officials and cyber security experts say recent breaches at the Democratic National Committee and elsewhere in the Democratic Party were likely carried out by people within the Russian government.
California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:44:14 -0400
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California lawmakers, responding to outrage over the six-month jail term given to a former Stanford University swimmer after his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, passed legislation on Monday closing a loophole that allowed the sentence. The bill now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval. The measure was introduced in response to the sentence given to 20-year-old Brock Turner by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in June, which was widely condemned as too lenient.
California Governor Brown signs law banning use of bullhooks on elephants
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:58:36 -0400
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure that bans the use of bullhooks and other devices to control elephants, the latest victory for animal rights activists who condemn the practice. Brown's action comes a month after Rhode Island became the first U.S. state to ban the use of a bullhook, a device that resembles a fireplace poker, on elephants and cities such as Los Angeles and Oakland passing similar measures amid public pressure calling for more humane treatment of wild animals used in entertainment. "California has once again demonstrated its commitment to animal protection.
Slain New Mexico girl's relatives mystified over mom's role
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:07:56 -0400
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â Michelle Martens kept her new relationship with a man convicted of child endangerment a secret from friends and family for weeks â as she helped plan her daughter's 10th birthday party, sent the girl off daily to the school bus and held down her job at a local grocery store.
Accused teen 'doctor' arrested on new theft charges
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:54:09 -0400
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) â A Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor and stealing money from an 86-year-old patient is facing new charges of grand theft and fraud.
Businesses near Orlando nightclub struggle with parking
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:51:45 -0400
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) â Store owners whose properties are near the site of the Orlando nightclub massacre are planning to meet to discuss how the fallout of the shooting is affecting their businesses.
White ex-cop charged in black motorist's death back in court
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:49:47 -0400
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) â A white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist is returning to a federal courtroom in South Carolina.
Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:06:00 -0400
SEATTLE (AP) â Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes â the latest push by a city that has led the nation in mandating worker benefits.
Iran releases jailed Texas graduate student
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:00:36 -0400
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) â Iran's state newspaper is saying authorities have released a jailed Iranian Texas graduate student after nearly five years.
Vegas, Asian investors betting on Sin City's Chinese tourism
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 03:53:59 -0400
LAS VEGAS (AP) â Sin City and Asian investors are going all in on Chinese tourism, as some of Las Vegas' latest developments on and off the Strip target Chinese nationals and Chinese-Americans.