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Did NSA plant spyware in computers around world?

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:11 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?

A new report from a Russian cybersecurity firm says its researchers have identified a new family of malicious programs or worms that infected computers in multiple countries, primarily overseas. Targets appear to be specifically selected and included military, Islamic activists, energy companies and other businesses, as well as government personnel.

Police: Robber left 91-year-old woman tied up for 12 hours

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:37 PM

MILFORD, Del. (AP) — A man has been arrested after allegedly robbing and leaving a 91-year-old woman tied up for about 12 hours.

Delaware State Police have charged 26-year-old Dustin Niebert with home invasion, robbery, assault and other offenses.

Police say Niebert entered the home in Milford about 3 a.m. Monday while the woman was sleeping, tied her up and stole cash and jewelry. They say he then fled in the woman's car.

Father, son tackle intruder they find in their apartment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:15 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Olympia, Washington, say a father and son who returned to their apartment to find the front door broken and their belongings in disarray swung into action when they walked in and ran into the intruder.

Biden condemns Ukraine cease-fire violations

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is condemning violations of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine that the White House is blaming on pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces.

Biden spoke by phone Tuesday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The White House says the violation occurred in and around the city of Debaltseve and it was confirmed by special monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Settlement for owner of cabin where Dorner committed suicide

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:59 PM

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The owner of the mountain cabin where rogue ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner holed himself up during a deadly gun battle with deputies will be paid $200,000.

San Bernardino County and Palmdale resident Candace Martin and her son Eric Funnell agreed to the settlement in December.

A county spokesman tells the San Bernardino County Sun (http://bit.ly/1A4ah15 ) that the board of supervisors approved the agreement at a closed session meeting in February.

Coast Guard searching Hawaii waters for Japanese student

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:53 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Japanese student reported overboard from a fishing vessel off Hawaii.

The Coast Guard said Tuesday a 17-year-old male was reported overboard from the Japanese training vessel Hokuho Maru about 140 miles southwest of Kauai.

The ship was transiting from Honolulu to Japan at the time.

The student was last seen at about 2:50 a.m. wearing a light green jump suit. It's not known if he was wearing a life jacket.

Teens mob mall after being denied entry to 'Fifty Shades'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:05 PM

OCOEE, Fla. (AP) — Teens must now be accompanied by adults at night in a Florida mall where youths mobbed a movie theater after they were barred from seeing the R-rated movie "Fifty Shades of Grey."

West Oak Mall officials in the Orlando suburb of Ocoee said Monday that all teens must be accompanied by an adult after 9 p.m.

Lawmakers urge archbishop to remove morality clauses

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California lawmakers are urging the archbishop of San Francisco to remove morality clauses from a teachers' handbook they say are discriminatory.

Eight state lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone saying the clauses "foment a discriminatory environment."

Police: Vegas mom, son searched for vehicle before shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:00 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police now say a Las Vegas mother killed in a road rage shooting last week got in her car with her gun-toting adult son and drove around their neighborhood looking for the assailant who ended up fatally wounding her.

Lt. Ray Steiber told reporters Tuesday that no suspects have been identified in Tammy Meyers' shooting late last Thursday in a residential cul-de-sac west of the Strip.

But Steiber calls Meyers the victim in the case.

Defense: Cyanide poisoning conviction should be tossed out

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 06:42 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A defense attorney says a former Pennsylvania medical researcher's murder conviction in the cyanide poisoning death of his neurologist wife should be thrown out because he was convicted solely on circumstantial evidence.

Robert Ferrante was sentenced to life in prison after Allegheny County jurors agreed with prosecutors that he laced Dr. Autumn Klein's energy drink with cyanide in April 2013.

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