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Pro-Assad Syrian pleads guilty in US to role in hacking

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Syrian national has pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in hacking computers and targeting what he perceived to be enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Probe: MH17 shot down by Russian-made missile

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, center, Fred Westerbeke, second right, and Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) take their seats for a press conference on the preliminary results of the investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH17 in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The disaster claimed 298 lives. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Prosecutors conclude the plane was shot down in 2014 by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine, victims’ families say.


WADA defends TUE system after leaked data

A woman walks into the head offices of WADA in Montreal The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday defended the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system after some athletes' confidential medical data was leaked by a group of Russian hackers, shedding light on potential abuse. A group identified as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers revealed TUEs for leading athletes including Tour de France cycling champions Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins and tennis grand slam winners Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal. "TUEs fall under international standards... They are scrutinized by the medical community," WADA Senior Science Director Olivier Rabin told a joint news conference with International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).


Doping-WADA defends TUE system after leaked data

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday defended the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system after some athletes' confidential medical data was leaked by a group of Russian hackers, shedding light on potential abuse. A group identified as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers revealed TUEs for leading athletes including Tour de France cycling champions Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins and tennis grand slam winners Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal. "TUEs fall under international standards... They are scrutinised by the medical community," WADA Senior Science Director Olivier Rabin told a joint news conference with International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM).

WADA says electronic database is safe despite cyber attack

PARIS (AP) — Despite the hack of personal medical information from some of the world's leading athletes, the World Anti-Doping Agency says its overall electronic database is safe.

Deal reached to keep U.S govt. running

House Speaker Paul Ryan (AP) The agreement would avert a potential federal shutdown and comes just three days before a midnight deadline.


Fatal Calif. police shooting sparks protests

Fatal Calif. police shooting sparks protests Authorities in suburban San Diego say a black man was shot and killed by police after pointing an object at officers.


Historic endorsement for conservative paper

Conservative Arizona paper endorses Clinton The Arizona Republic, which has backed Republicans for president in each election since the 1890s, throws its support behind Hillary Clinton.


Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China sends customers running to the iPhone 7

China is the one major market that was not affected by the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung said the phones in the region are safe because they contain batteries made by a local supplier, not Samsung SDI. The Samsung subsidiary made the exploding batteries that equipped Galaxy Note 7 units sold outside of China, which is why Galaxy Note 7 sales were not interrupted in the country. But recent Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China may end up hurting Samsung anyway. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Samsung did not recall the phones sold to Chinese buyers and explained in recent days that the explosions within China were related to external heating . But the company did not fully explain what really happened. Even worse, a new Galaxy Note 7 went up in flames  days after Samsung released a press statement saying the battery was not at fault. Consulting firm  iiMedia Research found that Chinese buyers may be willing to switch to some of Samsung’s competitors in the near future, following the Galaxy Note 7 explosions. iiMedia asked 12,000 Samsung users in China whether the Galaxy Note 7 issues have affected their decision to stick with the company. 51.9% of respondents said they would definitely switch away from the brand. Samsung stated that 90% of the Galaxy Note 7 buyers who had to exchange the phone remained loyal to the brand so far. But it looks like Chinese consumers may think differently. Of the people who said they would switch to a different smartphone maker, 37% stated that they would buy an iPhone, and 26% will get a Huawei handset. Others picked local brands including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu.

Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China send customers running to the iPhone 7

China is the one major market that was not affected by the massive Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung said the phones in the region are safe because they contain batteries made by a local supplier, not Samsung SDI. The Samsung subsidiary made the exploding batteries that equipped Galaxy Note 7 units sold outside of China, which is why Galaxy Note 7 sales were not interrupted in the country. But recent Galaxy Note 7 explosions in China may end up hurting Samsung anyway. DON’T MISS: One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features was just unveiled by another company Samsung did not recall the phones sold to Chinese buyers and explained in recent days that the explosions within China were related to external heating . But the company did not fully explain what really happened. Even worse, a new Galaxy Note 7 went up in flames  days after Samsung released a press statement saying the battery was not at fault. Consulting firm  iiMedia Research found that Chinese buyers may be willing to switch to some of Samsung’s competitors in the near future, following the Galaxy Note 7 explosions. iiMedia asked 12,000 Samsung users in China whether the Galaxy Note 7 issues have affected their decision to stick with the company. 51.9% of respondents said they would definitely switch away from the brand. Samsung stated that 90% of the Galaxy Note 7 buyers who had to exchange the phone remained loyal to the brand so far. But it looks like Chinese consumers may think differently. Of the people who said they would switch to a different smartphone maker, 37% stated that they would buy an iPhone, and 26% will get a Huawei handset. Others picked local brands including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Meizu.

Probe: MH17 shot down by Russian-made missile

Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 22, 2014. (Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters) Prosecutors conclude the plane was shot down in 2014 by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine, victims’ families say.


Probe: MH17 shot down by Russian-made missile

Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 22, 2014. (Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters) Prosecutors conclude the plane was shot down in 2014 by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine, victims’ families say.


Europol: Ransomware now top cybercrime threat

PARIS (AP) — European police agency Europol says the threat from ransomware has now eclipsed other forms of online theft, a sign of how quickly the computer-scrambling software has found favor in the electronic underworld.

Probe: MH17 shot down by Russian-made missile

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, center, Fred Westerbeke, second right, and Wilbert Paulissen of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) take their seats for a press conference on the preliminary results of the investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH17 in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The disaster claimed 298 lives. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Prosecutors conclude the plane was shot down in 2014 by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine, victims’ families say.


Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies at 93

Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies at 93. (Dan Balilty/AP) The 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who recently suffered a stroke, was the nation's last remaining founding father.


Israel's Shimon Peres, 93, dies in Tel Aviv

Former Israeli leader Shimon Peres dies at 93. (Dan Balilty/AP) The 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who recently suffered a stroke, was the nation's last remaining founding father.


The Company That Wants to Fight Your Medical Bills

If you’re the special kind of person who’s interested in medical billing, I’ve had an exciting past few months. One day this spring, I was frantically chopping carrots after work when I noticed that my left hand was covered in lukewarm blood. When I washed it off, I saw my skin splaying open to reveal my pale-blue thumb joint. That necessitated not one, but two trips to an urgent-care center, a strange hybrid of an emergency room and doctor’s office where payment can be similarly muddled.

10 Things to Know for Today

One man holds his fist up as others yell at police at the scene where a black man was shot by police earlier in El Cajon, east of San Diego, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Exclusive: U.S. seeks accused Manila banker's help to crack Bangladesh heist

Maia Santos Deguito, a branch manager of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp testifies during a Senate hearing on the money laundering involving $81 million stolen from Bangladesh central bank, at the Philippine Senate in Manila The FBI is negotiating with a former branch manager of a Philippines bank for information relating to $81 million that she handled after it was stolen from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve, her lawyer said. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have presented a "proffer", or proposal, to the branch manager, Maia Deguito, to tell them all she knows about who received the money, the attorney, Ferdinand Topacio, told Reuters. According to Topacio, U.S. investigators are trying to get Deguito, who has been fired by the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) for her role in the case, to share details about long-time bank client Kim Wong, who is a casino owner and agent.


Fatal Calif. police shooting sparks protests

Fatal Calif. police shooting sparks protests Authorities in suburban San Diego say a black man was shot and killed by police after pointing an object at officers.


Factbox: Clinton's policies on economy, Islamic State, other issues

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy, preserve the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and provide a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. Here are the proposals the former secretary of state has made as part of her argument that she is best qualified to occupy the Oval Office: ECONOMIC POLICY Clinton has said the rich, not the middle class, would see their taxes go up. Clinton has also called for an additional 4 percent tax on those making more than $5 million annually.

First baby born with 3 biological parents

First baby born with 3 biological parents The child was born using a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people in the embryo.


First baby born with 3 biological parents

First baby born with 3 biological parents The child was born using a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people in the embryo.


At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says

File photo of a magnifying glass held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday. "There is currently little evidence to suggest that their cyber-attack capability extends beyond common website defacement," it said in its annual cybercrime threat assessment in a year marked by Islamic State violence in Europe. "Europol is concerned about how an expanding cybercriminal community has been able to further exploit our increasing dependence on technology and the internet," its director, Rob Wainwright, said in a statement.


Amy Schumer most dangerous celebrity online

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2016 file photo, Amy Schumer accepts the Critics' Choice MVP award at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet - and not just because of her no-holds-barred personality. Intel Security announced Wednesday, Sept. 28, that the actress-comedian topped its 10th annual list of the most dangerous celebrities online. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity on the internet — and not just because of her no-holds-barred personality.


FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials: sources

The headquarters of the Democratic National Committee is seen in Washington By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating suspected attempts to hack mobile phones used by Democratic Party officials as recently as the past month, four people with direct knowledge of the attack and the investigation told Reuters. The revelation underscores the widening scope of the U.S. criminal inquiry into cyber attacks on Democratic Party organizations, including the presidential campaign of its candidate, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. U.S. officials have said they believe those attacks were orchestrated by hackers backed by the Russian government, possibly to disrupt the Nov. 8 election in which Clinton faces Republican Party candidate Donald Trump.


Candidates in rare agreement on gun control

Yahoo News For a brief moment, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton find themselves on the same side of the gun debate.


Candidates in rare agreement on gun control

Yahoo News For a brief moment, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton find themselves on the same side of the gun debate.


Justice Dept. top national security official to leave post

The Justice Department's top national security official is leaving his position next month, the department announced Tuesday. John Carlin, who has led the department's national security division since ...

Amid scandal, Wells Fargo claws back CEO pay

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf on Capitol Hill on Sept. 20. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) CEO John Stumpf and a former Wells executive will forfeit millions of dollars in bonuses, the bank's board says.


Amid scandal, Wells Fargo claws back CEO pay

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf on Capitol Hill on Sept. 20. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) CEO John Stumpf and a former Wells executive will forfeit millions of dollars in bonuses, the bank's board says.


Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web. While it's unknown to what extent the stolen data has been or will be circulating, giant breaches can send ripples of insecurity across the internet. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) LONDON (AP) — As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.


Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund govt.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Getty Images) Most Democrats and a dozen Republicans blocked the bill, in part because they want more money to address the Flint water crisis.


Debate sets record with 80.9 million viewers

Debate sets record with 80.9 million viewers. (AP) The early figures beat the previous benchmark, set by the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan presidential debate in 1980.


Debate sets record with 80.9 million viewers

Debate sets record with 80.9 million viewers. (AP) The early figures beat the previous benchmark, set by the Jimmy Carter-Ronald Reagan presidential debate in 1980.