December 6, 2013 |
Thirteen members of hacker group Anonymous have pleaded guilty to charges related to their involvement in a 2010 cyber attack of PayPal, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. One of the defendants also pleaded guilty to the charges arising from a separate cyber attack on the website of Santa Cruz County. The defendants -- five of whom are from California -- pleaded guilty in federal court in San Jose on Thursday, admitting to carrying out a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, cyber attack against PayPal three years ago. Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were facilitated by software tools designed to damage a computer network's ability to function by flooding it with useless commands and information, which in turn denied service to legitimate users.
December 4, 2013 |
Following his most difficult fight yet, Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will return to defend his belt March 15 in Dallas against Glover Teixeira. It will be the seventh title defense for the 26-year-old Jones (19-1). Brazilian Teixeira, 34, has won all five of his UFC fights, including a January unanimous decision over former light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and four other submissions or knockouts. Teixeira most recently knocked out wrestler Ryan Bader in the first round in September.
December 3, 2013 |
LONDON -- The editor of the Guardian defended his decision to publish leaked files from the U.S. National Security Agency and told a committee of Parliament on Tuesday that so far the British newspaper has revealed only 1% of the material provided by former security contractor Edward Snowden. Editor Alan Rusbridger told the Home Affairs Committee that revealing details from those U.S. files was in the interests of democracy and a free press and there was no evidence of any damage done to Britain or its people.
December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two turbulent months into the launch of the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, President Obama moved to defend the law against Republican attacks Tuesday as the administration tried to deflect attention from the federal website's botched rollout. The White House's renewed effort to tout the law has two aims: to encourage Americans to sign up for coverage and to reassure nervous Democratic lawmakers and other allies who have watched Obama's so-far unsuccessful efforts to contain the political damage.
December 1, 2013 |
The opportunity to be reborn is a rare gift indeed, granted to few beyond the mythical phoenix and some adherents of the Baptist faith. Them - and the Affordable Care Act, which this week will undergo what its supporters hope will be a second launch much different from its first. Reports are flowing in that HealthCare.gov, the federal enrollment website serving residents of 36 states that didn't bother to set up their own sites, is working much better than at any time since its calamitous launch on Oct. 1. There may still be glitches ahead, especially if the Dec. 1 relaunch brings a torrent of attempted enrollments all at once, but the feds' confidence that the worst of the consumer-facing problems are behind them seems reasonable.
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November 25, 2013
Jay Leggett, 50, a comic actor and screenwriter who performed in television, movies and improvisational clubs, died Saturday in Lincoln County, Wis., after hunting on the opening weekend of the state's nine-day firearms deer season, authorities said. Leggett was a Wisconsin native who lived in Los Angeles. Emergency crews were called Saturday afternoon to a cabin near Tomahawk, Wis., where Leggett had returned from a deer stand on an ATV just before collapsing. Family members and paramedics performed CPR without success.
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November 23, 2013 |
As far as news releases go, the one the Los Angeles police union put out was highly unusual. It dealt with Brian C. Mulligan, a Hollywood executive turned banker, who had been arrested by LAPD officers. In the news release, the union portrayed Mulligan as a drug-abusing liar and accused him of trying to "shake down" the Police Department. The evidence? A secret recording that a police officer in nearby Glendale had made of Mulligan a few days before his arrest. Sounding agitated and paranoid, Mulligan admitted on the recording to using a potent type of bath salts, a synthetic drug that can cause paranoia.
November 21, 2013 |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been labeled a warmonger, a wolf-crier and an opponent of peace at any price because of his policies on Iran. Here's what Netanyahu's critics say: His warnings of a bad deal are designed to undermine measures to slow Iran's nuclear program and test its openness to long-term solutions. His insistence on strengthening, rather than easing, sanctions will weaken Iranian moderates and drive them from the negotiating table - precisely what Netanyahu allegedly wants.
November 16, 2013 |
Remember Saturday if Auburn goes on to beat Alabama and then wins the national title. Remember the throw, the tip and the catch. Remember how it never should have happened. Remember that Auburn improved to 10-1 on a Hail Mary that rivals Doug Flutie's heave on the day after Thanksgiving in 1984. I was standing in the end zone for that incredible Boston College pass, at the Orange Bowl, to beat Miami. The headline in the L.A. Times the next day read: "Boston College's Flutie Lets It Fly for 47-45 Victory.
November 15, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Under fire for what critics say is the slow pace of its typhoon relief effort, the Philippine government Friday defended its handling of what might be the worst natural disaster in recent history. "In a situation like this, nothing is fast enough," Interior Secretary Max Roxas told reporters during a visit to Tacloban , the provincial capital that was largely destroyed by the typhoon a week earlier. "The need is massive, the need is immediate, and you can't reach everyone.