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Cyber spies: China, Russia aggregating, cross-indexing hacked data to target US espionage agents

Monday, August 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to … 0

While EU struggles for answers, influx of migrants raises tensions

Monday, August 31, 2015

BRUSSELS — French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck. An emergency meeting was called for Sept. 14 on the migrant crisis in which more than 300,000 people … 0

Supreme Court denies Ky. clerk’s petition over gay marriages licenses

Monday, August 31, 2015

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Monday evening denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ emergency application to allow Davis not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis now seems to be out of options. If anyone asks Davis for a marriage license Tuesday — and a number of couples are expected to, with news cameras following — she must … 0

China probing brokers, regulators for possible illegal stock trading

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BEIJING — Employees of one of China’s biggest securities firms and one current and one former employee of its market regulator are under investigation on suspicion of illegal stock trading, state media reported Wednesday, amid the collapse of … 0

Critics take aim at Mississippi River bowfishing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The teams of fishermen arrived with a seemingly unusual array of equipment — loud airboats, powerful searchlights and scores of bows and arrows. Since their tournament on the Mississippi River ended last month, it’s … 0

One of the twin pandas born over weekend dies

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — One of two pandas whose weekend births captured world attention died Wednesday, a reminder that the bears who grow into giant puffy icons enter the world as fragile creatures, hairless and weighing about as much as a bar of soap. The birth of the twins at … 0

Worldwide search started for Obama library designer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CHICAGO — The foundation tasked with building the Barack Obama Presidential Center will cast a global net in its search for an architect, asking designers to compete for the prized Chicago commission, officials said Wednesday. The officials on Wednesday issued a request for qualifications to a select group … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

50 bodies found in ship’s hull as migrant wave inundates Europe As tens of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty attempt to reach safety in Europe, the death toll rose above 2,400 on Wednesday, and skirmishes broke … 0

Claimed discovery of Nazi gold train stirring hope in western Poland

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Whether it’s a hoax, wishful thinking or a bombshell discovery, the claim of two treasure hunters to have found a legendary Nazi train laden with gold is stirring up excitement in western Poland. Residents of the Owl Mountains area southwest of Wroclaw have traded tales for decades about … 0

State Dept. officials routinely sent secrets over email

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents … 0

ACT scores show no improvement

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. high schools haven’t shown much improvement in the past four years when it comes to preparing college-ready graduates, according to the Iowa-based nonprofit group that administers the ACT college entrance exam. The group says only about 40 percent of graduating high school students who took … 0

Merkel travels to far-right heartland to defend refugees

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HEIDENAU, Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel was met with jeers Wednesday as she traveled to a German town at the center of a recent wave of far-right anti-foreigner violence, delivering a message of support for refugees as many … 0

Fire crews eye weather as heat, wind build in parts of West

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. — Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to … 0