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Russian hackers targeted U.S. Senate, think tanks: Microsoft -

Russian hackers targeted U.S. Senate, think tanks: MicrosoftThe world's biggest software company said late on Monday that it last week took control of six web domains that hackers had created to mimic websites belonging to the U.S. Senate, two conservative think tanks and Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service. The domain takedowns represent Microsoft's latest effort to thwart what it says are hacking attempts by a group known as "Fancy Bear," or APT28, that is linked to the Russian government. The company said it has shut down 84 fake websites in 12 court-approved actions over the past two years.

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:25:39 -0400

EPA unveils weaker alternative to Obama power plant rule -

EPA unveils weaker alternative to Obama power plant ruleThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal would require states to submit plans for improving efficiency of coal-fired power plants. The federal government will set carbon emission guidelines, but states will have the leeway to set less-stringent standards, taking into account a facility's age and the cost of upgrades. The rule also could allow power plant owners to sidestep costly permits for those improvements.

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:48:49 -0400

Police seek protesters who toppled Confederate statue in North Carolina -

Police seek protesters who toppled Confederate statue in North CarolinaProtesters pulled the statue down with rope, cheering as it lay face down in the mud, its head and back covered in dirt. The university system's board chair, Harry Smith, and president, Margaret Spellings, denounced the toppling of the statue in a joint statement. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said in a statement he shared protesters "frustration" over statues but condemned the violent destruction of public property.

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:41:13 -0400

Probe cites multiple causes for Puerto Rico's fiscal free fall -

Probe cites multiple causes for Puerto Rico's fiscal free fallShort-term fixes, deficit financing and political pressures helped drive Puerto Rico into a fiscal catastrophe that landed the U.S. commonwealth in bankruptcy court last year, according to an investigative report released late on Monday. The 600-page report commissioned by the island's federally appointed oversight board last September also addresses potential claims for investors and regulators and recommends ways for Puerto Rico to avoid future fiscal problems. With roughly $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities, Puerto Rico commenced bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in May 2017.

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:40:48 -0400

Colorado man hears murder charges in death of wife, two children -

Colorado man hears murder charges in death of wife, two childrenA Colorado man accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters appeared in court on Tuesday to hear the charges against him, days after his family members' bodies were discovered at the oil field where he worked. Chris Watts, 33, barely spoke and did not formally enter a plea to the charges during his court appearance in Greeley, Colorado, about 60 miles (100 km) north of Denver. The sensational case began in the nearby community of Frederick last week when Watts' wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, ages 3 and 4, were reported missing in the former mining town.

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:23:48 -0400

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