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China Cyberspies Targeted Japanese Firms for North Korea Secrets

By David Tweed April 22, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT Chinese hackers have targeted Japanese defense companies, possibly to get information on Tokyo’s policy toward resolving the North Korean nuclear impasse, according to cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. The attacks are suspected to come from a group known as APT10, a China-based espionage group that FireEye has been tracking since 2009. One of the lures used in a “spear-phishing” email attack was a defense lecture given by former head of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura. Two attacks took place between September and October 2017. “Lure content related to the defense industry suggests that a possible motive behind the intrusion attempt is gaining insider information on policy prescription to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue,” said Bryce Boland, chief te...

Chicago police spot ‘elderly’ woman pushing another woman’s body in shopping cart

The 8600 block of South Calumet Avenue, where police say an unidentified woman’s body was found in a shopping cart.  (Google Earth) An elderly woman was found pushing a shopping cart with another woman’s dead body inside on the South Side of Chicago Saturday night, police said. Officers responding to a call for a wellness check located the woman and the cart shortly before 8 p.m. in the Chatham neighborhood. The deceased woman’s remains were transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner pending identification. Information about the cause of death was not immediately available. A Chicago Police spokesman told Fox News that the woman found with the cart had been taken to a local hospital for evaluation. No decision had been made about whether to file charges. The woman...

Waffle House shooting hero describes stopping gunman

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Corker says he won’t oppose Democrat seeking his Senate seat

Outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is sticking by his decision not to campaign against the Democrat seeking to fill his seat. Corker says he considers the Democrat, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (BRED’-uh-sen), a “friend.” Corker backs Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn but says he won’t oppose Bredesen. The Washington Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had privately told Corker that his friendly comments about Bredesen risked Republicans’ ability to hold their majority in the November elections. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage in the Senate. Asked why Blackburn is a better candidate, Corker responded: “I think most people in our state … will focus on the first vote she makes, and that’s the vo...

DNC suing because US hasn’t ‘imposed sufficient costs’ on Russia for meddling: Perez

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said the party’s civil lawsuit against the Trump campaign and Russia aims to deter Moscow from interfering in the 2018 midterm elections. “We have to deter this conduct,” Tom Perez told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “We’ve got elections coming up in November. It’s hard to win elections when you have interference in elections. And they’ve done it with impunity. And I’m concerned that it’s going to happen again.” The Democratic National Committee filed a sweeping lawsuit in federal court Friday alleging collusion between Russians and Trump campaign operatives in the 2016 election and naming the Russian government, the Trump campaign, Trump family members, WikiLeaks and others...

Trump lawyer subject of ‘epic battle’ by prosecutors for his cooperation: Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz said prosecutors are engaged in “an epic battle for the soul and cooperation of Michael Cohen,” the longtime lawyer to President Donald Trump whose office, home and hotel room were raided by the FBI this month. Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor emeritus, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that prosecutors could potentially be threatening Cohen with a long prison term if he fails to cooperate. There is “a sword of Damocles hanging over his head,” said Dershowitz, who appeared on a “This Week” panel of lawyers discussing the implications of the April 9 raids during which investigators seized Cohen’s electronic devices. “After those raids, how serious is the threat to Cohen and Trump?” ...

‘Obviously, Kim Jong Un has learned about public relations’: GOP senator

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said North Korea’s announcement that it is suspending nuclear testing shows that Kim Jong Un has “learned about public relations.” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that he is “glad” President Donald Trump is planning to meet with the North Korean leader, but added that “all of us look at this with great caution and skepticism.” “Obviously, Kim Jong Un has learned about public relations and is setting it up well” for himself for the talks by announcing the suspension of nuclear and missile tests, Corker said. “But I think everyone that’s been around this looks at [the talks] as just the beginning. It may lead to something. It may not.” Th...

Law professor on the significance of Comey memos

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Former NFL star Jay Feely faces backlash for photo with gun

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GOP opponent says governor not conservative enough

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson got an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association when he ran for governor in 2014 and can tout a series of tax cuts he’s championed since taking office. But that apparently isn’t enough for Jan Morgan, the owner of a gun range she once declared “Muslim-free,” who is mounting an uphill bid to unseat Hutchinson in the Republican primary as not conservative enough on gun rights, taxes and other issues. Morgan insists she has a chance to defeat Hutchinson on May 22, even though he is generally popular and she has only $16,000 in the bank to the governor’s $2.4 million. She is portraying the race as emblematic of the divide among Republicans nationally and in the state. “Asa and I are total representations of that...

Latvia Secures U.S. Help to Clean Up Its Scandal-Tainted Banks

Latvia’s financial investigators will receive more U.S. help as the Baltic nation races to emerge from a money-laundering scandal that toppled its third-largest lender. Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola has agreed technical assistance from the U.S. Treasury Department for the country’s financial intelligence unit following her meetings with U.S. officials in Washington. She doesn’t expect other Latvian institutions to follow the fate of ABLV Bank AS, which the U.S. Treasury proposed barring from the American financial system in February, and was forced into liquidation by European authorities. “Our meetings with Treasury officials went well,” Reizniece-Ozola said in an interview on the sidelines of the IMF’s spring meetings in Washington. “We know our homework, we know what needs to be...

May Faces Cabinet Pressure Over Brexit Customs Union

Theresa May is battling to avert a cabinet revolt amid fears from euroskeptic Tories that she’ll break her promise to take the U.K. out of the European Union’s trade regime. May’s inner circle thinks she could be forced to accept staying in the EU’s customs union because Parliament will reject her plan to withdraw from it when the issue comes to a vote in the House of Commons, according to one official. Such a move could trigger a challenge to May’s leadership from Brexit campaigners in the Conservative Party. “We need to take back control of trade — that means leaving the protectionist Customs Union,” Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a key Brexit supporter in May’s cabinet, said Sunday on Twitter. May’s team insists she’s committed to breaking away from European customs laws, wit...