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Three indicted in U.S. over big JPMorgan hacking

hackersU.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled expanded criminal charges against three men in connection with a massive 2014 cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and the hacking of several other major financial companies and financial news publishers.

Gery Shalon, Joshua Samuel Aaron and Ziv Orenstein were charged in a 23-count indictment over crimes including computer hacking, securities fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, illegal Internet gambling and conspiring to commit money laundering.


Egypt releases journalist Hossam Bahgat after interrogation

ejyptian journalist releasedEgyptian journalist and human rights advocate Hossam Bahgat has been freed from detention, having been arrested and questioned by military intelligence Sunday in a move that elicited widespread condemnation.

Bahgat was released around midday Tuesday, according to Mada Masr, an independent Egyptian news website for which he writes. It is unclear if the charges against him are still pending.


Half of surveyed oil train bridges are deteriorating, report says

railroad bridges deterioratingA survey of 250 oil train bridges across America found that almost half showed signs of considerable deterioration, including missing or crumbling concrete, partially washed-away footings, rotted pilings and badly corroded steel beams, according to a report to be released Tuesday.

Determining whether the problems found by three environmental groups pose a threat to public safety is almost impossible, however, because the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rarely inspects the nation’s estimated 100,000 rail bridges, including some built more than 100 years ago. Instead the agency leaves that responsibility to the railroads, which don’t make their inspection records public.


Federal Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

deporteesA federal appeals court on Monday agreed to keep on hold President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

The divided, 124-page ruling deals a blow to the administration's Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, known as DAPA, and there likely isn't enough time for a formal appeal to the Supreme Court to be resolved ahead of the 2016 election.


Amnesty: Saudi Arabia’s executions at 20-year high

Saudi executions Saudi Arabia has executed at least 151 people this year — the most since 1995 and far above the annual figure in recent years, which rarely exceeded 90, Amnesty International said on Monday.

No one at Saudi Arabia's Justice Ministry was immediately available to comment on the surge in executions, but diplomats have speculated that it may be because more judges have been appointed, allowing a backlog of appeals to be heard.


Coal Giant Peabody Accused Of Misleading Investors About Climate Change Risks

Peabody CoalNew York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says coal giant Peabody Energy made false and misleading statements to investors about the financial risks it faces because of climate change.

As part of an agreement with Schneiderman's office, the company has agreed to revise the disclosures it makes to investors about the risks in its quarterly report released today, and has promised to include the disclosures in future filings.


Chris Christie Vetoes Legislation Making It Easier To Vote In New Jersey

Chris Christie vetoes voting billNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed legislation Monday that would have added 1.6 million new voters to the state’s rolls and made New Jersey the third state in the country to adopt automatic voter registration.

After sitting on the “Democracy Act” for almost five months, the governor and Republican presidential candidate vetoed his second voting rights-related bill in three years, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Christie has previously said that he does not support making it easier for residents of his state to vote.


Toxic Dust From a Dying California Lake

Salton sea toxicOn October 28, the smog-control agency for Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, issued an odor advisory for the intense rotten-egg stench that was permeating the air of southern California’s Coachella Valley.

The source: The state’s largest lake, the 350-square-mile Salton Sea, was burping up hydrogen sulfide, a gas created by the decaying organic matter trapped beneath the water. It was the Salton Sea’s fifth odor advisory for October alone; depending on winds, the hydrogen sulfide can be smelled as far as 130 miles away in Los Angeles.


Israel lacks evidence against extremists in arson attack

Israel lacks evidence in arson attackIsrael is still lacking evidence to charge those responsible for a deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family this summer, Israeli media reported the country's defense minister as saying Monday, in a case that Palestinians say helped fuel the past weeks of bloodshed.

In July, assailants, believed to be Jewish extremists, lobbed a firebomb into the Dawabsheh family's home in the West Bank village of Duma, where four family members were asleep. Ali Dawabsheh, a toddler, was burned to death, while his mother and father later died of their wounds. His 4-year-old brother Ahmad is being treated in an Israeli hospital.


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