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Monday, January 29, 2018

A coordinated group of hackers likely tied to international criminal syndicates has pilfered more than $1 million by hijacking ATM machines across the United States and forcing them to spit out bills like slot machines dispensing a jackpot, a senior U.S. Secret Service official said on Monday. The criminal must gain physical access to the machine. The Secret Service recently obtained credible information about planned jackpotting attacks in the U.S. through partners of our Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF). Subsequently, we alerted other law enforcement partners and financial institutions who could potentially be impacted by this crime. read more


With the government's budget deficit rising, the Treasury Department announced Monday that it expects to borrow $441 billion in the current January-March quarter, the largest amount in eight years. The Treasury said this figure compares to actual borrowing of $282 billion in the October-December quarter. It will be the largest borrowing need since the government borrowed $483 billion in the January-March quarter of 2010, a period when the government was using stimulus spending to try to lift the country out of the Great Recession and provide support to the banking system after the worst financial crisis in seven decades.


Patrick Charles, a historian and legal scholar, spent almost 10 years digging deeply into the issue of gun rights and he has written a credible record of what he learned. Charles states: "the Second Amendment was neither legally intended nor legally understood by the Founding Fathers as protecting a right to armed individual self-defense."


Maxine Waters, D-CA, deliver a rebuttal Wednesday after President Trump's Wednesday State of the Union address on BET. Waters is a widely recognized critic of President Trump who has called for his impeachment on several occasions. The rebuttal will air Wednesday, January 31 at 10PM ET for the BET News special "Angela Rye's State of the Union."


TriStar Pictures has landed worldwide distribution rights to the Mr. Rogers biopic "You Are My Friend," with Tom Hanks attached to play the iconic TV personality. "Diary of a Teenage Girl" director Marielle Heller is helming the pic from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster. "I'm thrilled to be making 'You Are My Friend,'" Heller said. "The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life's work. I can't wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture." read more


Ten foreigners charged with producing pornographic photos during a party near the Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex have denied any wrongdoing, a prosecutor said Monday. ... Police said they raided a rented villa in Siem Reap on Thursday where the foreigners were taking part in what organizers called a pub crawl and found people "dancing pornographically." While almost 90 foreigners were detained, all but 10 were released.


If Donald Trump lied to the American people when he called reports he tried to fire Robert Mueller "fake news", that would be grounds for impeachment, the independent counsel who investigated the Clinton White House said on Sunday. Ken Starr, who used Bill Clinton's false statements about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky as grounds for impeachment, told ABC's This Week: "Lying to the American people is a serious issue that has to be explored. I take lying to the American people very, very seriously, so absolutely." Starr said: "That is something Bob Mueller should look at."


The California man accused of killing a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student earlier this month is an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of one of the most notorious extremist groups in the country, according to three people with knowledge of the man's recent activities. The man, Samuel Woodward, has been charged in Orange County, California, with murdering Blaze Bernstein, who went missing in early January while visiting his family over winter break. ... Orange County prosecutors say they are examining the possibility that the killing was a hate crime -- Bernstein was Jewish and openly gay -- and some recent news reports have suggested that the alleged killer might hold far-right or even white supremacist political beliefs. Now, three people with detailed knowledge of Woodward's recent past have been able to shed more light on the young man's extremist activities. read more


Elephants are afraid of bees. Let that sink in for a second. The largest animal on land is so terrified of a tiny insect that it will flap its ears, stir up dust and make noises when it hears the buzz of a beehive. ... The threat of bees is so intensely felt by elephants that conservationists are using it to help prevent the kinds of conflict that put the behemoths at risk. The endangered animals have sometimes been shot by farmers trying to save their crops from elephants foraging at night for late-night snacks, or by poachers allowed access to help guard the fields. Now there's a weapon -- and a mutually beneficial one -- in the arsenal. In recent years, researchers and advocates have persuaded farmers to use the elephant's fear of bees as a potential fence line to protect crops. By stringing beehives every 20 meters -- alternating with fake hives -- a team of researchers in Africa has shown that they can keep 80 percent of elephants away from farmland. read more


Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on Sunday night in a Grammy Awards comedy bit that took a jab at President Trump. The former presidential candidate, along with Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, John Legend and DJ Khaled were among those who read excerpts from Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, the hit book about Trump's first year in the White House. The bit shows Grammy host James Corden holding auditions for the book reading in hopes of nabbing next year's best spoken word album with famous musicians trying out for the coveted role. Clinton's face was covered by the book when she first appeared on screen in the pre-taped sketch, but the crowd cheered when she lowered the book to reveal her face. Clinton read the famous line about Trump's love for fast food: "He had a longtime fear of being poisoned. One reason why he liked to eat at McDonalds. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made." read more


Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn has been accused of a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment and abuse toward workers at his casinos, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. Dozens of current and former employees at Wynn's gambling establishments told the Journal they had experienced or witnessed chronic abuse by the billionaire, who was named finance chairman for the Republican National Convention last year. The allegations range from lewd comments and inappropriate touching to soliciting sex acts from women who worked as manicurists and massage therapists at Wynn's Las Vegas casinos. One former employee at Wynn Las Vegas said the mogul pressured her into having unwanted sex with him after she gave him a manicure in 2005. Wynn later agreed to pay the woman a $7.5 million settlement after she filed a report.


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