KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 3 Sep 2014 02:09:10 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 In Light of Security Hacks, How to Protect Data http://www.kristv.com/news/in-light-of-security-hacks-how-to-protect-data/ http://www.kristv.com/news/in-light-of-security-hacks-how-to-protect-data/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:50:57 PM Associated Press In Light of Security Hacks, How to Protect Data

NEW YORK (AP) - The theft of nude photographs from celebrities' online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet.

On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and blamed it on intruders who were able to figure out usernames and passwords and bypass other safeguards. The company said it found no evidence of a widespread problem in its iCloud or Find my iPhone services. But the theft of the photos raises questions about the protection of data stored beyond a person's own computer or mobile device.

If celebrities' photos aren't safe, then whose are? Some key questions and answers about files that are stored remotely:

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Q: What is the cloud?

A: The cloud is a way of storing photos, documents, email and other data on faraway machines. Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft all offer cloud-based storage. Smaller companies like Dropbox and Evernote do, too.

The practice saves space on computers, smartphones and tablets and allows users to access the same information from any device. And if you lose your phone, for example, you don't lose your vacation pictures. The drawback is that you are putting your information somewhere else, so you run the risk of a hacking attack on those systems and accounts.

Q: Is it secure?

A: For the most part, yes. Companies invest a lot to ensure that customers' private information stays private. "The short answer is the cloud is often more secure than other storage," says Rich Mogull, CEO of security research and advisory firm Securosis.

But that doesn't mean the system can't be compromised. "There are a lot of attackers who have a lot of time," Mogull says.

Q: How can individuals make their data more secure?

A: You need passwords to access your accounts, so choosing a strong one is important.

Tim Bajarin, an analyst at technology research firm Creative Strategies, recommends having different passwords for each online account you hold, so a breach in one system won't compromise another. It is also important to have a number and punctuation mark in each password or a creative spelling of a word to make it harder to guess. Also, avoid using common words or notable birthdays as passwords. A strong password is particularly important if you store sensitive information online.

Another way to make your information harder to hack is called multi-factor, or two-step, identification. That means the first time you log onto an account from a new device, you are asked for a second form of identification. Usually, that involves getting sent a code as a text on your phone or an email. A hacker who has your password would still need physical possession of your phone to get the text.

Most major cloud services, including Apple's iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox, offer this kind of protection. Amazon's Cloud Drive is the notable exception. But you usually have to activate the extra layer of protection.

Apple is urging its users to switch to stronger passwords and to enable the two-step authentication feature in the aftermath of the celebrity hacking attacks.

Q: How can I tell if my phone or computer is uploading information to the cloud?

A: You had to have signed up and agreed to the cloud services' terms, but that might have happened long ago, as you were setting up your device. If you are not sure if you have opted in, check your phone's settings.

With iPhone photos, for instance, if you have Photo Stream turned on, that means you are storing your photos on iCloud. Check your settings under iCloud. On Android phones, check the Auto Backup settings under Google+ in Google settings.

A: Is my financial information at risk?

Yes, if you use the same password for online banking that you do for other sites and if you don't have multi-factor identification on your banking website.

But generally, financial information is among the most protected online. Information is encrypted, or scrambled, in transit. You can tell if a site does that if you see "https" rather than "http" before the website address.

Q: Will my photos and other information remain on the cloud even after I delete them?

A: They should not. Settings vary for different cloud services, but most of them delete information from the cloud when you delete something from your phone or computer, at least once the device has had a chance to sync with the online service.

You can check online, however. All the cloud storage providers have websites you can sign into to check out what information is being stored.

"If you want that extra feeling of being safe, make sure it's deleted online," says technology analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

Q: How do I opt out of cloud storage?

A: Check your phone or computer settings if you don't want your photos and documents stored online. There are other ways to store information, including using an external hard drive or your device's own storage.

"If you really want to be safe, keep confidential information off your service provider and back it up to an external hard drive the old-fashioned way," Gartner analyst Avivah Litan says.

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AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this story.

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Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Data Breach http://www.kristv.com/news/home-depot-investigates-possible-credit-card-data-breach/ http://www.kristv.com/news/home-depot-investigates-possible-credit-card-data-breach/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 2:45:14 PM Home Depot Investigates Possible Credit Card Data Breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach.

The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it's looking into "unusual activity" and that it's working with both banks and law enforcement.

"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, a spokeswoman at Home Depot, declining to elaborate. She noted that if the retailer confirms that a breach occurred, it will notify customers immediately.

Shares of Home Depot Inc. fell 2 percent to $90.91 in late trading.

Many retailers have had security walls broken in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang's and the thrift store operations of Goodwill.

The rash of breaches has pushed retailers, banks and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards.

The possible data breach at Home Depot was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cybersecurity. Krebs said multiple banks reported "evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards."

The Krebs report says that the responsible party may be the same group of Russian and Ukrainian hackers suspected in last year's massive breach at Target Corp.

Target, based in Minneapolis, has been overhauling its security department and systems and is accelerating its $100 million plan to roll out chip-based credit card technology in all of its nearly 1,800 stores. In its massive data breach, 40 million credit and debit card accounts were compromised and hackers stole personal information from as many as 70 million customers. The breach hurt profits, sales and its reputation with shoppers.

At Supervalu, the data breach may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores and potentially affected retail chains recently sold by the company in two dozen states. The breach occurred between June 22 and July 17, according to Supervalu.

Restaurant operator P.F. Chang's confirmed in June that data from credit and debit cards used at its restaurants was stolen.

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32 Teens Escape from Nashville Detention Center http://www.kristv.com/news/32-teens-escape-from-nashville-detention-center/ http://www.kristv.com/news/32-teens-escape-from-nashville-detention-center/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:33:24 PM 32 Teens Escape from Nashville Detention Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The teens - ages 14 to 19 - left their rooms at about 11 p.m. Monday night and "overwhelmed" the staff in a common area, Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson said. "Staffing was lighter during the overnight hours, so presumably they had planned for that."

The group then kicked out a metal panel under a window to get into a yard, and ran for a chain-link fence. The fence is buried 8 inches deep into the ground, but the teens managed to pull up a weak portion and slip out underneath it. Staff alerted police once they saw them escaping, he said.

Two were captured immediately and others were found overnight. Some were found by authorities, others turned themselves in, and still others were turned in by their families, he said.

None of the 16 to 18 staff members on duty were hurt, officials said. Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were still searching for nine of the teens on Tuesday, while the other 23 were taken to juvenile court and could face escape charges, officials said.

Most of the 78 detainees at the state-owned Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Monday night had committed at least three felonies, Johnson said, but the facility is more like a high school with security than an adult prison. There are no guard towers or barbed wire.

The teens stay in single rooms that for their own security are locked on the outside, so that only those with keys can enter. But the teens can push their room doors open if they need to. They wear blue pants with white or light gray T-shirts, with no markings.

The center has a school, offers vocational training and career counseling, and works to move teens to less restrictive settings, according to a state website. It holds teens until their 19th birthdays, and all have been charged as juveniles, not adults. Their records are sealed.

Woodland Hills has 191 staff positions, but 28 of them are vacant, and during sleeping hours, there is only 1 staffer for every 16 students, the state website said.

The fence was fixed and the detention center was calm and back under control Tuesday morning, Johnson said. Police cars were on the scene, but there was little activity at the center or its neighbors - a women's prison, several trucking company offices, a frozen pizza plant and a liquor distributor.

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Associated Press writer Travis Loller contributed to this report.

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Video Purports to Show Beheading of US Journalist http://www.kristv.com/news/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-us-journalist/ http://www.kristv.com/news/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-us-journalist/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:30:57 PM Video Purports to Show Beheading of US Journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

The footage - depicting what the U.S. said appeared to be a sickening act of brutality - was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and days after Sotloff's mother pleaded for his life.

Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the Sotloff family, said that the family had seen the video but that authorities have not established its authenticity.

"The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately. There will be no public comment from the family during this difficult time," Barfi said.

Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, vanished in Syria in August 2013 and was not seen again until he appeared in a video released online last month that showed Foley's beheading. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed Tuesday and titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is apparently beheaded by a fighter with the Islamic State, the extremist group that has claimed wide swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and declared itself a caliphate.

In the video, the organization threatens to kill another hostage, this one identified as a British citizen.

The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video's existence. Unlike the footage of Foley's beheading, which was widely shared on Twitter accounts affiliated with the Islamic State group, the video purporting to show Sotloff's killing was not immediately posted online, though several jihadi websites told users to expect it Tuesday.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said U.S. intelligence analysts will work as quickly as possible to determine if the video of the beheading is authentic.

"If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act, taking the life of another innocent American citizen," Psaki said. "Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family and we will provide more information as it becomes available."

Psaki said it's believed that "a few" Americans are still being held by the Islamic State but would not give any specifics.

The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama's continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq.

"I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State ... despite our serious warnings," the fighter said. "So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

At the end of the video, he threatens to kill a third captive, a Briton, David Cawthorne Haines. It was not immediately clear who Haines was. Officials with the British Foreign Office declined to immediately comment.

The killer specifically mentions the recent U.S. airstrikes around the Mosul dam and the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, making it unlikely that Sotloff was killed at the same time as Foley, as some analysts had speculated.

Over the weekend, Iraqi government forces with help from U.S. airstrikes broke Islamic State's two-month siege of Amirli, a town where some 15,000 Shiite Turkmens had been stranded.

Before the video's release, messages on websites frequented by jihadis warned of a "second message to America." However, it appeared that a separate faction of the Islamic State group posted it early to another account before it was supposed to be released. A later Twitter message apologized for releasing it early and asked fellow jihadis not to "reproach" them.

Sotloff's mother had pleaded for his release last week in a video directed at the Islamic State group.

Addressing the leader of the Islamic State group by name, Shirley Sotloff said in a video her son was "an innocent journalist" who shouldn't pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East over which he has no control.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said after the release of the latest footage: "This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully. Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff's family and those who worked with him."

The Islamic State group has terrorized rivals and civilians alike with widely publicized brutality as it seeks to expand a proto-state it has carved out on both sides of the border.

In its rise to prominence over the past year, the extremist group has frequently published graphic photos and gruesome videos of bombings, beheadings and mass killings.

Sotloff graduated from Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire in 2002 and then began attending the University of Central Florida, according to a society notice in The Miami Herald's archives.

UCF spokeswoman Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala said school records show Sotloff was a student majoring in journalism from fall 2002 until fall 2004. She said the school has no record of him graduating.

Just how Sotloff made his way from Florida to Middle East hotspots is not clear. He published articles from Syria, Egypt and Libya in a variety of publications. Several focus on the plight of ordinary people in war-torn places.

In a statement, Foreign Policy magazine said it was saddened by news of his death and called him a "brave and talented journalist" whose reporting "showed a deep concern for the civilians caught in the middle of a brutal war."

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said the new video demonstrates the Islamic State's "barbarity across the region - beheading and crucifying those who don't share their ideology." He said the U.S. and allies need to step up military action against the Islamic State - including through airstrikes.

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Associated Press writers Josh Lederman and Lara Jakes in Washington, Nariman El-Mofty in Cairo and Sylvia Hui in London contributed to this report.

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Girl Said Uzi Was Too Much For Her http://www.kristv.com/news/girl-said-uzi-was-too-much-for-her/ http://www.kristv.com/news/girl-said-uzi-was-too-much-for-her/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:51:50 AM Girl Said Uzi Was Too Much For Her

PHOENIX (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday.

Her family members were focused on the girl because they thought she was injured by the gun's recoil and didn't immediately realize instructor Charles Vacca had been shot until one of his colleagues ran over.

The family, whose hometown hasn't been revealed by investigators, had taken a shuttle on Aug. 25 from Las Vegas about 60 miles south to the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona. Once arriving there, the girl, her parents, sister and brother took a monster truck ride before heading out to the shooting range.

The girl's father was the first one in the party to handle a weapon. After the father fired shots, Vacca showed the girl how to shoot the gun, showed her a shooting stance and helped her fire off a few rounds.

Then, he stepped back and let her hold the Uzi by herself. She fired the gun, and its recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, killing Vacca with a shot to the head, according to the report.

The girl dropped the Uzi, and Vacca fell to the ground.

At first, the family focused on the girl, who was holding her shoulder. Another instructor rushed over to help to Vacca. The other children were then taken away from the range, according to the report.

Prosecutors are not filing charges in the case.

County prosecutors say the instructor was probably the most criminally negligent person involved in the accident for having allowed the child to hold the gun without enough training. They also said the parents and child weren't criminally culpable.

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More Than 30 Teens Escape from Detention Center http://www.kristv.com/news/more-than-30-teens-escape-from-detention-center/ http://www.kristv.com/news/more-than-30-teens-escape-from-detention-center/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:49:04 AM More Than 30 Teens Escape from Detention Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A spokesman says more than 30 teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center and 17 are still being sought.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson says 32 teens - ages 14 to 19 - escaped around 11 p.m. Monday by crawling under a weak spot in a fence that surrounded a yard there.

Johnson says two teens were recaptured right away and others were found overnight. Local police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are taking part in the search for the teens still at large.

Johnson says the teens being kept at the detention center have committed at least three felonies. He said he didn't know if the escape was planned or spontaneous.

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Search Warrant Issued For Missing Infant's Parents' Home http://www.kristv.com/news/search-warrant-issued-for-missing-infant-s-parents-home/ http://www.kristv.com/news/search-warrant-issued-for-missing-infant-s-parents-home/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:12:25 AM Search Warrant Issued For Missing Infant's Parents' Home

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were searching the home of the parents of Delano Wilson Monday night, IMPD officials confirmed.

Detectives served a search warrant at the home in the 500 block of Chase Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday. IMPD officials said the search is part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance or abduction of 6-week-old Delano Wilson.

The baby was the subject of an Amber Alert that was later canceled. Despite the cancellation, the investigation has continued and family members organized searches for the child this weekend.

IMPD officials said Monday night that Delano's parents had not been arrested.

 


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Detroit's Historic Bankruptcy Trial to Begin http://www.kristv.com/news/detroit-s-historic-bankruptcy-trial-to-begin/ http://www.kristv.com/news/detroit-s-historic-bankruptcy-trial-to-begin/ National News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 4:24:04 AM Detroit's Historic Bankruptcy Trial to Begin

DETROIT (AP) - Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.

After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.

Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is "more manageable," according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

Most creditors, including more than 30,000 retirees and city employees, have endorsed the plan of adjustment put together by Orr and his restructuring team.

The plan includes commitments from the state, major corporations, foundations and others to donate more than $800 million over 20 years to soften cuts to city pensions. In return, pieces in the city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts would be placed into a trust to keep them from being sold to satisfy creditors.

General retirees would take a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments. Retired police officers and firefighters would lose only a portion of their annual cost-of-living raise.

The strongest opposition to the plan has come from bond insurers like New York-based Syncora Guarantee. Syncora has said its claim is about $400 million and that Detroit has unfairly discriminated against financial creditors.

"It has been a very fast-track bankruptcy, which Syncora has no issue with," company attorney James Sprayregen said. "Syncora's issue is the lack of transparency of the process and the unfair treatment of its claims."

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has scheduled additional hearing dates, if needed, into October. But in the end, bankruptcy expert Anthony Sabino expects Rhodes to approve Detroit's bankruptcy plan - followed by appeals from creditors.

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Kentucky Man Accused of Death by Underpants http://www.kristv.com/news/kentucky-man-accused-of-death-by-underpants/ http://www.kristv.com/news/kentucky-man-accused-of-death-by-underpants/ National News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 7:15:08 PM www.lex18.com Kentucky Man Accused of Death by Underpants

KENTUCKY - A bizarre murder investigation is underway in Kentucky's Jessamine County Detention Center after an inmate reportedly died following an incident involving a pair of underwear soaked in methadone.

According to the jailer, while 55-year-old Michael Jones from Lexington was out on his furlough, he soaked a pair of his underwear in liquid methadone and wore them back to the jail where his criminal citation says he tore them up and shared the pieces with his cell mates.

One of them, 33-year-old Corey McQueary, somehow ingested some of the soaked underwear and later complained to the jail staff that he didn't feel well.

Doctors checked him out and put him in an isolation cell. They say he never mentioned what he'd taken.

McQueary was found unresponsive later that night and pronounced dead early Thursday at the hospital.

"Contraband is a constant problem at any facility across the state. you can do everything that you can do, you know strip searches, not allowed to bring anything such as books or any other paraphernalia into the facility. but something like this is almost impossible to catch," says jailer Jon Sallee.

 


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FBI Investigating Nude Celebrity Photo Leaks http://www.kristv.com/news/fbi-investigating-nude-celebrity-photo-leaks/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fbi-investigating-nude-celebrity-photo-leaks/ National News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 5:31:48 PM FBI Investigating Nude Celebrity Photo Leaks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.

Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday.

Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn't be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."

The FBI said it was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter."

"Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time," spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in a statement.

Apple Inc. spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with, but she did not give any further details.

"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," she said.

Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also confirmed that nude photos of her were posted online.

"To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves," Winstead posted on Twitter. Winstead, who starred in "Final Destination 3" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," wrote that she thought the images had been destroyed.

"Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this," Winstead wrote.

The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.

How widespread the hacking of celebrities photos was is not immediately clear. Some of the images were quickly denounced as fakes.

Some cybersecurity experts speculated that hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.

"It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it," security researcher Ken Westin wrote in a blog post Monday. "Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private."

Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. Last year, a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.

Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to hack into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.

"I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a tearful videotaped statement played in court at Chaney's sentencing in December 2012.

"That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy," Aguilera wrote in a statement before Chaney's sentencing.

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Associated Press writers Raphael Satter in London and Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this report.

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Islamist Militia Now Controls US Embassy in Libya http://www.kristv.com/news/islamist-militia-now-controls-us-embassy-in-libya/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islamist-militia-now-controls-us-embassy-in-libya/ National News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 2:52:05 PM Associated Press Islamist Militia Now Controls US Embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.

An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders of weeks of violence between rival militias over control of Tripoli that sparked the evacuation.

The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post - including images of men earlier swimming in the compound's algae-filled pools - likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It also comes just before the two-year anniversary of the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, told the AP that his forces had been guarding the residential compound since last week, a day after it seized control of the capital and its international airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia from Zintan was in the compound before his troops took it over.

A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly, said the department is seeking additional information but believed the embassy compound "remains secure."

The official said the U.S. had moved embassy staff from Tripoli to Valletta, Malta, because of "ongoing fighting between militias occurring very close to our compound." Those personnel "remain engaged," the official said, while the State Department continues to work with the Libyan government.

Some windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. The AP journalist saw treadmills, weight benches and protein bars in the compound's abandoned gym. Forks, knives and napkins set for a banquet sat on one table, while a cantina still had cornflakes, vinegar, salt and pepper sitting out.

Some papers lay strewn on the floor, but it didn't appear that the villas in the compound had been ransacked.

Hassan Ali, a Dawn of Libya commander, said his fighters saw "small fires and a little damage" before they chased the rival Zintan militia out of the residential compound.

"We entered and put some of our fighters to secure this place and we preserved this place as much as we could," he said.

Abu-Zaqia said his militia had asked cleaners to come to spruce up the grounds.

He added that the U.S. Embassy staff "are most welcome in God's blessing, and any area that is controlled by Dawn of Libya is totally secure and there are no troubles at all."

Another Dawn of Libya commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to speak by his leaders, told the AP that the U.S. Embassy, about a kilometer (half a mile) away, also was under guard by his militiamen.

"We've secured the location and the assets of the embassy," he said. "We've informed our command ... immediately after entering the place following the exit of the rival militia. The place is secure and under protection."

The commander did not elaborate and the AP journalist could not reach the embassy. The Dawn of Libya militia is not associated with the extremist militia Ansar al-Shariah, which Washington blames for the deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed Stevens and the three other Americans.

A video posted online Sunday showed unarmed men playing in a pool at the compound and jumping into it from a second-story balcony. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy's residential annex, though she said she couldn't "say definitively" since she wasn't there.

"To my knowledge & per recent photos the US Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked," she wrote on Twitter. She did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate.

Typically, local forces provide security for diplomatic posts, but Libya's government has largely relied on militias for law enforcement since Gadhafi's ouster, as its military and police forces remain weak. In the past several weeks, the security vacuum in Tripoli deepened as militia violence worsened and the diplomatic security provided by Libya's Interior Ministry in the area apparently fled as well.

It remains unclear who the U.S. left in control of guarding its facilities after its personnel evacuated under military escort on July 26. The State Department has said embassy operations would be suspended until the security situation in Libya improved.

Libya's militias, many of which originate from rebel forces that fought Gadhafi, have become powerful players in post-war Libya. Successive governments have put militias on their payroll in return for maintaining order, but rivalries over control and resources have led to fierce fighting among them and posed a constant challenge to the central government and a hoped-for transition to democracy.

The militia violence began after Islamist candidates lost parliament in June elections and a renegade general began a military campaign against Islamist-allied militias in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city. Now, Libya has two competing governments and two parliaments, deepening divisions and escalating the political struggle that's torn the country apart.

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Associated Press writers Sarah El Deeb and Jon Gambrell in Cairo and Lou Kesten in Washington contributed to this report.

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5 People Killed in Plane Crash http://www.kristv.com/news/5-people-killed-in-plane-crash/ http://www.kristv.com/news/5-people-killed-in-plane-crash/ National News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 4:14:26 AM 5 People Killed in Plane Crash

COLORADO (AP) - All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.

The Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m., NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Sunday afternoon. Shortly after the crash, three people were declared dead at the scene and two were taken to hospitals.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that their names and ages are being withheld by the Weld County Coroner's Office pending notification of relatives.

Erie Police Cmdr. Lee Mathis said the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, but he did not know if it was landing or taking off. A photo of the crash site posted on the Boulder Daily Camera's website showed the mangled wreckage of the plane, which crashed into a grassy field.

Jan Culver told the newspaper she was with a friend in a pasture near the airport when she heard the plane and saw it flying "really, really low."

"We heard it sputtering," she said. "Then there was no sound. We knew it was a crash."

She saw a small cloud of dust as the plane crashed and, because she has some medical knowledge, went to the scene to help, Culver said.

"It was a plane upside down with some folks already out of the plane," she said. "I could tell there were some bad injuries."

The Denver Post reported that NTSB records show the airport was the scene of three crashes in 2013 and two in 2012. None of those incidents had a fatality.

The last fatality at the airport was in May 2011, when 64-year-old Christian R. Hansen crashed on takeoff in a plane he was demonstrating for a potential buyer, according to the newspaper. The autopsy indicated Hansen had a heart attack.

The NTSB is investigating Sunday's crash. Erie is about 20 miles north of Denver.

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Lawmakers: Islamic State Groups Wants to Hit US http://www.kristv.com/news/lawmakers-islamic-state-groups-wants-to-hit-us/ http://www.kristv.com/news/lawmakers-islamic-state-groups-wants-to-hit-us/ National News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 4:09:03 AM Lawmakers: Islamic State Groups Wants to Hit US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are warning that the United States and Western Europe are likely to be future targets of Islamic State militants.

They say President Barack Obama needs to take action.

Without offering specifics on threats or suggestions on how to confront them, the leaders of intelligence committees in the Senate and House are sharing a dire warning about the Islamic State group. Those fighters now control vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, have killed civilians from that region and beheaded American journalist James Foley.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California leads the Senate intelligence panel. She says Islamic State fighters want to, quote, "kill with abandon."

And the House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, says the group might use Americans to strike inside the U.S.

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Local Pastor Calling For A Pro-Israel Movement http://www.kristv.com/news/local-pastor-calling-for-a-pro-israel-movement/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-pastor-calling-for-a-pro-israel-movement/ National News Sun, 31 Aug 2014 6:55:27 PM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Local Pastor Calling For A Pro-Israel Movement

CORPUS CHRISTI - At a time when the nation is divided on it's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one local pastor is calling for action, asking the community to stand for the nation of Israel.

The pastor at the event at Bridgeway Church just returned from an emergency trip to Israel. He shared with the crowd the terror of standing in the Gaza strip, even during a 24-hour cease fire.

It's an experience that hit close to home for one local woman.

"They're accustomed to the bombs, 'There's bombs every day, there's bombs every day'," described Nancy Kohn of her family in Israel. "But they say, ‘God will protect us."

Kohn is a Messianic Jew here in Corpus Christi, but her family lives in Israel.

"It's very important for me," she said. "That's my homeland, that's where my family are."

That homeland is the main cause of the violent dispute between Israel and Hamas. It's a conflict that put Israel and Hamas at war for fifty days, resulting in the deaths of thousands.

That's why for Pastor Victor Styrsky, the dispute is more than religious one.

"We must continue to stand with the only pluralistic democracy in the entire Middle East," said Styrsky. "Our staunchest ally, the nation of Israel."

Styrsky, along with fifty other pastors from the U.S., flew to Israel during a 24-hour cease fire in an effort to show support for one of our nation's allies.

"It was powerful," he said. "Everywhere we went, we were thanked with tears."

He shared his experience at the "Stand With Israel" event at Bridgeway Church.

"I've been there countless times. I've never been there in the middle of a war," said Styrsky. "And it was life-changing for all of us."

He went to Israel as a part of a grassroots movement sweeping the nation called "Christians United For Israel."

It's a movement that local pastor Steven Sorensen is hoping to bring to the Coastal Bend.

"We just think that the community needs to be aware of the truth," said Sorensen. "And we pray that they make conscious decisions in everything that they do concerning Israel."

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Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Face $40M Lawsuit http://www.kristv.com/news/ferguson-st-louis-county-police-face-40m-lawsuit/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ferguson-st-louis-county-police-face-40m-lawsuit/ National News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 4:41:16 AM Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Face $40M Lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal lawsuit alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The five plaintiffs in the suit filed Thursday include a clinical social worker who says she and her 17-year-old son were roughed up and arrested after not evacuating a McDonald's quickly enough. A 23-year-old man says he was shot multiple times with rubber bullets and called racial slurs while walking through the protest zone to his mother's home. And one man says he was arrested for filming the disturbances.

The lawsuit seeks $40 million in damages. Attorney Malik Shabazz said it could be broadened to include additional plaintiffs.

Officials in Ferguson and Clayton declined comment.

 


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Obama Weighs Options for Targeting Islamic State Assets http://www.kristv.com/news/obama-weighs-options-for-targeting-islamic-state-assets/ http://www.kristv.com/news/obama-weighs-options-for-targeting-islamic-state-assets/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 3:28:15 PM Associated Press Obama Weighs Options for Targeting Islamic State Assets

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance from partners in the Middle East.

Obama is speaking shortly before meeting with his national security advisers to discuss options for going after the militant group. The president says he has asked the Pentagon to prepare a range of options for confronting the militants.

The U.S. is already going after militant targets inside Iraq and officials say Obama is considering taking similar action in Syria.

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Baby Killed in Drive-By Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/baby-killed-in-drive-by-shooting/ http://www.kristv.com/news/baby-killed-in-drive-by-shooting/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:56:50 AM Baby Killed in Drive-By Shooting

KENTUCKY - Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a baby was shot and killed in what they called an apparent drive-by.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of South 37th Street.

The baby and her mother were shot outside a home. The baby was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital, where she died a short time later. Her mother is recovering at University of Louisville Hospital.

"This don't make no sense. This really doesn't make any sense," said Sherrie Miller, a relative of the victims.

Miller said her granddaughter and great-granddaughter were the ones who were shot.

"It was like six guys, they said six guys come around this corner. One of them had a white T-shirt on and then there was some more of them. And said they came up there, and the case shells is up on my daughter's porch, (and they started) shooting," said Miller.

"Well I knew it wasn't firecrackers. It sounded like firecrackers, but it was gunshots," said neighbor Eva Goodrich.

Goodrich lives a half block from where the shooting took place. She was in her basement when she heard the gunfire.

"I could really hear them because they were right there at my basement window," said Goodrich.

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and who's responsible.

"Obviously this appears to be some sort of drive-by situation, but again, it's too early to tell whether these individuals were the target of this shooting," said LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Miller said violence is plaguing this part of Louisville.

She wants to see more police officers patrolling the streets.

"Let's do something about it; let's get the job done. We need more police officers," said Miller.

The woman's mother said she was shot in the stomach.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

 


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Caught On Cam: Jail Break! http://www.kristv.com/news/caught-on-cam-jail-break-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/caught-on-cam-jail-break-/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:35:50 AM Caught On Cam: Jail Break!

IDAHO (KTVB) Police are searching for a man who broke out of Idaho's Payette County Jail just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The sheriff's department says 27-year-old Nicholas Grove of Ontario, Oregon scaled a fence in the recreation yard, climbing over the razor wire to escape. He was last spotted wearing a white T-shirt, black shorts or sweatpants and no shoes.

Grove was originally arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of burglary tools and an invalid license.

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'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Omaha Police Shooting http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting-377236/ http://www.kristv.com/news/cops-crew-member-killed-in-omaha-police-shooting-377236/ National News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 4:09:07 AM 'Cops' Crew Member Killed in Omaha Police Shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference. He said witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect's Airsoft handgun looked and sounded real, but discovered later that it fires only plastic pellets. The suspect was struck by the officers' gunfire, but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.

Officers continued firing on the suspect as he exited the restaurant, and that was when the "Cops" crew member, 38-year-old Bryce Dion, was also struck, said Schamaderer. Dion was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but a single bullet that hit his arm "slipped into a gap in the vest" and entered his chest, Schmaderer said.

"My concern with my officers is that they are taking this very hard," Schmaderer said. "Bryce was their friend."

Schmaderer said video captured by another crew member of the "Cops" TV show shows the chaotic situation in the restaurant. Police released still shots from the video showing a hooded and masked person pointing what looks like a gun at police. Schmaderer said police would not release the full video, but that it will be part of the grand jury investigation into the shooting.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, who was on parole. Schmaderer said Washington had a lengthy criminal record, including an accessory to robbery conviction from Missouri. He started parole in August 2011 and transferred to Nebraska in September 2013. His parole was due to expire in June 2017.

Schmaderer said the incident began when one of the officers, on his way to another reported robbery, called about the robbery at the Wendy's and requested backup. The "Cops" crew members were with two officers who responded to that request.

When police entered the restaurant and confronted the suspect, Dion, who was the sound operator, got separated from the cameraman, Schmaderer said.

Dion worked for Langley Productions, which is based in Santa Monica, California.

Key executives of the company, President John Langely and Executive Producer Morgan Langley, attended the police news conference in Omaha on Wednesday.

"Bryce has been with us for seven years," said Morgan Langley, who hired Dion. "This is very hard for us."

"Cops" is a reality TV show that depicts law enforcement officers in action. According to its website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign counties.

John Langley said the crew had been filming all summer in Omaha and had only one week left in the city when the deadly shooting happened.

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Missouri Governor Names New Public Safety Director http://www.kristv.com/news/missouri-governor-names-new-public-safety-director/ http://www.kristv.com/news/missouri-governor-names-new-public-safety-director/ National News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:58:33 PM ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its first black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.

The governor said former St. Louis police chief Daniel Isom II will take over as director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1. He will replace Jerry Lee, who is retiring after almost three years as director.

The appointment comes after Nixon faced criticism both for the lack of racial diversity among his department leaders and for the state's response to protesters and looters following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Nixon did not directly say whether the leadership change was related to the events in Ferguson. He said Isom "has experience and training in law enforcement that are almost unmatched." Nixon also denied forcing Lee to retire.

"I work constantly to try to make sure we have a government that reflects the citizens of the state," Nixon said at a St. Louis press conference that abruptly ended after he had fielded only a few questions.

In the immediate days after Brown's shooting, local police in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who refused to disperse and, at times, broke into nearby stores. Nixon eventually placed the State Highway Patrol in charge of securing Ferguson with a more relaxed approach. After one relatively calm night, however, police stood by as people again looted stores. Nixon then imposed a curfew, lifted it after a couple of nights of clashes between police and protesters, and called in the National Guard.

Tensions have lessened in recent days, but Nixon did not say Wednesday how long the patrol would remain in charge of securing the neighborhood near where Brown was shot.

The public safety director oversees both the patrol and the guard. He also oversees the State Emergency Management Agency, which deals with natural disasters, and a wide variety of other programs such as veterans' nursing homes and casino regulations.

Isom joined the St. Louis police department in 1988 and served as the chief from October 2008 until he retired in January 2013. He currently serves as a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

"As a professor and as a police officer, I've dedicated my life to trying to find out better ways to make the community safe," Isom said.

Before his appointment in October 2011, Lee worked for 38 years in the St. Louis County Police Department, including serving as chief from 2004 to 2009.

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Lieb reported from Jefferson City. Follow Alan Scher Zagier at http://twitter.com/azagier and David A. Lieb at http://twitter.com/DavidALieb

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