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Online security flaw exposes millions of passwords
Written by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:08

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.

The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce.

Security researchers who uncovered the threat, known as "Heartbleed," are particularly worried about the breach because it went undetected for more than two years.

Although there is now a way to close the security hole, there are still plenty of reasons to be concerned, said David Chartier, CEO of Codenomicon. A small team from the Finnish security firm diagnosed Heartbleed while working independently from another Google Inc. researcher who also discovered the threat.

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Marine guard shot to death by colleague at N. Carolina base
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:06

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine remained in custody Wednesday after military officials say he shot and fatally wounded a colleague with his M4 rifle at the main gate of a North Carolina base.

The shooting happened at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Marine fired on his colleague inside a guard shack at Campe Lejeune, said Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy.

Fahy said law enforcement and emergency personnel attempted to revive the shooting victim, who received a single shot, but the victim was later pronounced dead at a base hospital.

The shooting came less than a week after a shooting rampage by a soldier at Fort Hood in Texas killed three and wounded 16 others.

Fahy stressed the difference in the two situations.

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California bill that would end orca shows stalls
Written by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:11

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out their captivity was put on hold Tuesday, dousing an escalating fight between animal activists and a major tourist attraction.

The bill's author, Democrat Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, agreed during the first committee hearing for AB2140 to revisit his proposal after further study.

As a result, the bill is dead for this year and the soonest lawmakers could vote on the proposal would be mid-2015 following additional hearings.

"It's unfortunate that much of the conversation has been fueled ... by fear and invective and misinformation," Bloom said. "It's clear that many committee members are simply unprepared to make a decision on the bill."

Bloom was inspired by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" in which filmmakers argue that captivity and mistreatment of orcas make the animals aggressive and has led to attacks on trainers.

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Dozens leave offices seized by Ukraine separatists
Written by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:04

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Security Service said Wednesday that 56 people held inside the agency's local headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk by pro-Russian separatists have been allowed to leave.

The Luhansk security services building was among several government offices seized by pro-Moscow groups Sunday in an escalation of protests against the interim government in power since the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

On Tuesday, security services said separatists inside the building, armed with explosives and other weapons, were holding 60 people hostage. It was not immediately clear if the 56 allowed to leave were among that number, or how many people were still being held.

Serhiy Tyhipko, a lawmaker associated with the previous Ukraine government and who is now in opposition, said he was able to enter the seized building Tuesday night and claimed there were no hostages inside. He urged Kiev to take note of the protesters' demands.

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Americas get front-row seat for April 15 lunar eclipse
Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:06

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year.

Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. This lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere. The total phase will last 78 minutes.

The moon will be rising in the western Pacific, and so only the last half of the eclipse will be visible. In much of Europe and Africa, the moon will be setting, so there won't much, if anything, to see.

On April 29, the Southern Hemisphere will be treated to a rare type of solar eclipse.

Tuesday's lunar eclipse may damage a NASA spacecraft that's been circling the moon since fall. But no worries: it's near the end of its mission.


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