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U.S. government hacked; feds think China is the culprit 06/05/2015 U.S. government hacked; feds think China is the culprit
Four million current and former federal employees, from nearly every government agency, might have had their personal information stolen by Chinese hackers, U.S. investigators said.

U.S. officials believe this could be the biggest breach ever of the government's computer networks. China called the allegation irresponsible.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is conducting background checks, warned it was urging potential victims to monitor their financial statements and get new credit reports.

Some federal employees were angry.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/04/politics/federal-agency-hacked-personnel-management/index.html

Source: Man fatally shot by officers in Boston part of terror network 06/02/2015 Source: Man fatally shot by officers in Boston part of terror network
A man fatally shot by police in Boston on Tuesday was under 24-hour surveillance by anti-terrorism authorities, FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi said.

The suspect, identified as Usaama Rahim, 26, was shot and killed after waving a large military knife at officers, authorities said.

"As of right now, we don't think there is any concern for public safety," Lisi said.

Rahim was a subject of a terror investigation involving suspected Islamist extremists, law enforcement sources said.

"We believe he was a threat," Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans said. "He was someone we were watching for quite some time."

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/02/us/boston-police-shooting/index.html

Baltimore Gets Bloodier As Arrests Drop Post-Freddie Gray 05/28/2015 Baltimore Gets Bloodier As Arrests Drop Post-Freddie Gray
A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore’s 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city’s deadliest in 15 years.

The most recent killings claimed the lives of Jennifer Jeffrey and her seven-year-old son, Kester Anthony Browne. They were identified by Jeffrey’s sister, Danielle Wilder.

Jeffrey and her son were found dead early Thursday, each from gunshot wounds to the head.

As family members cried and held each other on the quiet, leafy block in Southwest Baltimore where they lived, Wilder said she felt as if “my heart has been ripped out.”

Wilder said a neighbor called their other sister early Thursday, concerned that she hadn’t hear any noise coming from Jeffrey’s house: no footsteps, Wilder said, no voices, and no gunshots. But when her brother let himself into the house to check on the mother and son, he discovered their bodies.

Source: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/05/28/baltimore-residents-fearful-amid-rash-of-homicides/

India's poor swelter as deadly heat wave kills more than 1,100 05/27/2015 India's poor swelter as deadly heat wave kills more than 1,100
From behind her stall on the stifling hot streets of Hyderabad, Amruta Bai spends her day refilling plastic water cups.

It's free for anyone who needs a drink during a deadly heat wave that's killed more than 1,154 people in the past few days.

Most of the deaths -- 884 -- have been recorded in the state of Andhra Pradesh, though another 266 have died here in Telangana, of which Hyderabad is the capital. There are four more confirmed deaths in Odisha from the heat, and another 67 unconfirmed cases.

People stop by Bai's stall every two minutes as the temperature slowly rises towards its peak, typically in mid to late afternoon.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/27/asia/india-heatwave-deaths/index.html

Biker gang shootout kills 9 outside Waco, Texas, restaurant 05/18/2015 Biker gang shootout kills 9 outside Waco, Texas, restaurant
The biker gang members who began beating, stabbing and shooting each other in a Texas Twin Peaks restaurant knew the police were outside; they just didn't care, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Monday.

By the time the Sunday melee was over, at least nine people were dead, 18 were hospitalized and the arrest tally stood at a "flexible" 170, he said.

For two months, police concerned with the bikers' presence at Twin Peaks, which hosted special events for its leather-clad clientele, had patrolled outside -- and not in plain clothes and unmarked cars, either.

"We wanted our presence to be known," Swanton told reporters. "They knew we were seconds away and going to respond. That mattered not to them."

The United Clubs of Waco billed Sunday's event as the Texas Region 1 Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting. Before the restaurant and surrounding parking lots became a bloody battleground, the Waco Police Department had 18 officers on the scene, including an assistant chief and tactical officers, along with four officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Swanton said.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/18/us/texas-biker-gang-brawl-shooting/index.html

Jurors sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for Boston Marathon bombing 05/15/2015 Jurors sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for Boston Marathon bombing
A federal jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for his part in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that left three people dead, and for the murder of an MIT police officer as he and his brother attempted their getaway.

Tsarnaev showed no emotion as he learned his fate and stood with his hands clasped in front of him, his head slightly bowed. He faces death by lethal injection.

"My mother and I think think that now he will go away and we will be able to move on," said victtim Sydney Corcoran after the verdict. "Justice. In his own words, 'an eye for an eye.'"

Corcoran nearly bled to death and her mother lost both legs.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/15/jurors-to-continue-deliberating-punishment-for-boston-marathon-bomber/

Amtrak crash probe focuses on engineer, who says he can't remember what happened 05/14/2015 Amtrak crash probe focuses on engineer, who says he can't remember what happened

The Amtrak engineer involved in a crash Tuesday evening that killed at least seven near Philadelphia has no recollection of the crash and can offer investigators few details of the incident, his lawyer said.

Brandon Bostian, 32, of Queens, N.Y., has turned over to authorities blood samples and his cell phone, according to his lawyer, Robert Goggin. Theattorney told ABC News Thursday Bostian suffered a concussion but is cooperating with the investigation and is willing to speak with the National Transportation Safety Board.

"I asked him if he had any medical issues. He said he had none. He’s on no medications; he has no health issues to speak of and just has no explanation," Goggin said.


Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/05/14/amtrak-crash-focuses-on-engineer-who-says-cant-remember-what-happened/

At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal 05/12/2015 At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal
Latest developments
• A U.S. military helicopter "was declared missing" Tuesday while in Nepal to support earthquake relief efforts there, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Sims said. The UH-1 Huey helicopter had six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese aboard at the time, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. Radio transmissions indicated its crew was having some type of fuel problem before it went missing, said Warren, who added the U.S. government is "hopeful" the aircraft didn't crash but doesn't know.

• At least 50 people have died in Nepal because of the latest large earthquake there, police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told CNN late Tuesday. Nepalese government spokesman Minendra Rijal earlier said that another 1,261 people have been injured. Thirty-two of the Asian nation's 75 districts were affected.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/asia/nepal-earthquake/

Texas Shooting: Officer with pistol stops rifle-wielding attackers 05/07/2015 Texas Shooting: Officer with pistol stops rifle-wielding attackers
It wasn't a fair fight.

On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer -- a traffic officer by day -- with a pistol.

Somehow, the officer won.

Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city's Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson lauded the police officer for having "acted quickly and decisively, and thereby likely (saving) a number of innocent lives."

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/05/us/texas-police-shooting-hero/

Baltimore mayor under fire over ‘destroy’ remarks, response to riots 04/28/2015 Baltimore mayor under fire over ‘destroy’ remarks, response to riots
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was under intense pressure Tuesday morning to defend her response to the violence that has ripped apart her city following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after being in police custody -- particularly Rawling-Blake's remarks in which she suggested those who "wished to destroy" need their space.

With more than a dozen officers injured in clashes with rioters and looters, some -- including Maryland's governor -- are questioning whether Rawlings-Blake should have acted sooner and taken a tougher tone to prevent the demonstrations from getting out of control. 

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/04/28/baltimore-mayor-under-fire-over-destroy-remarks-response-to-riots/


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