China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says

Politics|China-Backed Hackers Broke Into 100 Firms and Agencies, U.S. Says In indictments against five Chinese nationals, the Justice Department described sophisticated attacks to hijack networks and extort universities, businesses and nonprofits. Video transcript transcript China-Backed Hackers Infiltrated Firms Across the Globe, U.S. Says The Justice Department charged five Chinese nationals with breaking into 100 firms and agencies to steal information, hijack networks and extort victims. “We have unsealed three indictments that collectively charge five Chinese nationals with computer hacking and …

At Assange’s Extradition Hearing, Troubled Tech Takes Center Stage

The WikiLeaks founder’s high-profile case was delayed for months by the coronavirus. Now it is being hobbled by faulty livestreams and other technical issues. A supporter of Julian Assange protesting outside the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, in London last week.Credit…Henry Nicholls/Reuters Sept. 16, 2020, 11:47 a.m. ET LONDON — As Mark Feldstein, the first witness on the first day of the high-stakes extradition hearing for Julian Assange, appeared by video link from his home recently, reporters …

Why Biden ties Florida, leads in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — As 2016 proved, presidential elections are not about national poll numbers, they are about the states and the Electoral College — and states have their own identities, cultures and voter pools. Over the next few months, the difference between national- and state-level polls and the differences between specific states is likely to become more pronounced as voters turn their attention to the campaign and make final decisions about the two major presidential candidates. This week new NBC News/Marist …

In Northern California, the Slater fire leaves two dead and a town reeling

When Happy Camp Elementary School in rural Northern California started class two weeks ago, it was one of the few in California to reopen classrooms for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abigail Yeager had worried at first whether sending her 6- and 8-year-old sons was the safe thing to do and whether wearing masks “was going to freak them out.” Those fears were quickly relieved. Her sons and other students were thrilled to be back in school, and it seemed …

‘Terrible role-modeling’: How California lawmakers flouted pandemic safety practices

In California, cradle of renowned tech startups and Silicon Valley, elementary school students have had to figure out how to work remotely, but lawmakers have not. As the end-of-session frenzy gripped the state Legislature in late August, pandemic no-nos spiked: Lawmakers gathered indoors in large numbers and huddled closely, let their masks slip below their noses, smooshed together for photos and shouted “Aye!” and “No!” when voting in the Senate, potentially spraying virus-laden particles at their colleagues. “It’s terrible role-modeling,” …

Saying Goodbye to Australia

With an upcoming departure from Sydney, one Australian reporter reflects on the experience of home and the country’s culture of simple pleasures. Relaxing near Bondi Beach.Credit…Andrew Quilty for The New York Times Sept. 11, 2020, 5:37 a.m. ET The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Isabella Kwai, a reporter with the Australia bureau. It was the slow pace that struck me most when …

Mark Webber On Superstar Racing Experience: ‘Motorsports Fans In For A Real Treat’

September 9, 2020 at 2:02 pm (CBS Local)- Superstar Racing Experience promised big names when it launched in July of this year. It has already delivered on that promise with Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Helio Castroneves and Willy T. Ribbs signing on to drive in its inaugural season. Now, another motorsports star is joining the driver ranks in former F1 and FIA World Endurance Championship driver Mark Webber. Webber, who last raced in 2015 when he …

‘Devastating consequences’: At least six dead as wildfires rage across West Coast

Wildfires continued to rage out of control throughout California and the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, killing at least six people and devastating half a dozen towns in Oregon. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said that in the last 24 hours, the state had “experienced unprecedented fire with significant damage and devastating consequences.” “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” she said at a news conference. In Washington State, Commissioner of …

Summer wedding linked to 70 coronavirus cases

A summer wedding in southwest Minnesota is the source of at least 70 coronavirus cases, state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said Wednesday. The number has grown from 58 on Friday to 70 at last count, she said by email. The wedding, reception and “dance” took place Aug. 22 at KB’s Bar and Grill in the small town of Ghent, the regional health authority, Southwest Health and Human Services, said in a statement. Ehresmann described the festivities as “indoors” and …

AstraZeneca Pauses Vaccine Trial for Safety Review

The company halted late-stage trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of a serious suspected adverse reaction in a participant. Because of safety concerns, AstraZeneca paused late-stage trials of its coronavirus vaccine, which is being tested in locations like São Paolo, Brazil.Credit…Amanda Perobelli/Reuters The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca halted large, late-stage global trials of its coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday because of a serious suspected adverse reaction in a participant, the company said. It is not yet known whether the reaction was directly …

Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greece’s camp on Lesbos

Fire has destroyed Greece’s largest migrant camp, the overcrowded Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. About 25 firefighters with 10 engines battled the flames as migrants were evacuated. Some suffered injuries from smoke exposure. Reports say migrants protesting against coronavirus rules may have started the fire, though this is unconfirmed. Police blocked migrants heading to the port town of Mytilene, leaving them stuck on the road. Moria is home to nearly 13,000 people, more than four times the number …

Pennsylvania voting access suit could have national repercussions

The Donald Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have intervened in a closely watched election lawsuit over voting access in Pennsylvania that could reverberate nationally ahead of voting in November, especially for voters of color. Hearings kicked off Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania NAACP against the commonwealth over what it argued were inadequate provisions for voting during the coronavirus outbreak. The complaint argues that during Pennsylvania’s June primaries, numerous polling locations were closed or consolidated due …

Myanmar soldiers confess to Rohingya massacre: ‘Shoot all that you see’

The “clearance operation” began at 3 a.m. in western Myanmar, the soldier says. The colonel in charge told the troops in Myanmar’s 565th light infantry battalion their task was to wipe out the Rohingya villagers in the area, ordering them to “shoot all that you see and all that you hear,” Pvt. Myo Win Tun says in video testimony obtained by NBC News. His unit carried out the order, the private says, raping women first before killing them along with …

Julian Assange Appears in London Court for U.S. Extradition Hearing

The case against the WikiLeaks founder, who is accused of obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents, was delayed in February because of the coronavirus pandemic. Video transcript transcript Demonstrators Rally Outside Assange’s Extradition Hearing Protesters gathered outside the London court where Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, appeared in a hearing on extradition to the United States. The case was delayed in February because of the pandemic. “We will win!” “We will win, Julian!” “We will win, Julian!” …

Truck Bomb in Somalia Kills 3 and Wounds 3, Including a U.S. Soldier

Africa|Truck Bomb in Somalia Kills 3 and Wounds 3, Including a U.S. Soldier No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Shabab have carried out similar attacks across the Horn of Africa nation. Shabab fighters training in 2011. In recent years, the Shabab, who seek to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government, have lost many of the cities and villages they once controlled.Credit…Farah Abdi Warsameh/Associated Press Sept. 7, 2020, 9:10 a.m. ET NAIROBI, Kenya — Three Somali military officers were …

Covid-19 Live Updates: Northeastern University Dismisses 11 Students for Partying but Keeps Their Tuition

The U.N. warns of looming famines connected to the pandemic. Over 100 cases are connected to an indoor wedding in Maine, including three non-participants who later died. Right Now Officials in West Virginia announced more than 250 new daily cases, raising the state’s seven-day total to its highest level ever. Image Northeastern University said that all students in a special program for first-year students had been forewarned of the obligation to practice social distancing and wear masks when among others.Credit…Hilary …

Coronavirus: Arrests at Australia anti-lockdown protests

Published duration4 hours ago media captionThere were scuffles between protesters and police at the event Australian police have made dozens of arrests amid anti-lockdown protests attended by hundreds nationwide. In Melbourne, the centre of Australia’s outbreak, about 300 people marched in defiance of tough measures that have been in place for a month. Other protests took place in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. On Friday PM Scott Morrison said seven of the country’s eight states and territories had agreed to …

Trump won’t let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper

The Pentagon’s plan to shut down the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, hit a major roadblock Friday, as President Donald Trump announced that he won’t allow that on his watch By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press September 4, 2020, 9:50 PM • 4 min read WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won’t allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leader’s plan to shut the paper down …

Democrats rope in college students to hammer Trump on coronavirus response

As college students return to campus, Democrats are giving them the mic. September 4, 2020, 9:16 PM • 7 min read Democrats have found a new strategy to target holes in the Trump administration’s approach to coronavirus: give college students the mic. “I want to go to a game again; I want to be able to hang out with my friends again. And I want to attend classes and go to the library like normal again. But none of that …

Orange County COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 even as new cases start to stabilize statewide

Even as cases statewide start to stabilize, reported COVID-19 deaths in Orange County topped 1,000 this week as fatalities continue to rise throughout the state in response to the summer surge of coronavirus infections. On average, people who succumb to the disease die 28 days after being infected, said Dr. John Swartzberg, a UC Berkeley infectious disease expert. As new infections continue to decline, deaths also will fall off in the weeks ahead. Orange County’s total pandemic death toll reached …