By Doina Chiacu and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers breached the computers of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers in a massive cyber attack that compromised the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday. A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a foreign entity or government was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and media reports said authorities suspected it originated in China. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had launched a probe and would hold the culprits accountable.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to boost protections for pregnant workers in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that revived discrimination claims by a former United Parcel Service Inc driver. Federal law currently prohibits employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against pregnant women. The bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, would require employers to make minor modifications to job duties for pregnant employees.
A District of Columbia judge on Thursday granted a new trial to the man convicted of killing federal intern Chandra Levy in 2001, a case that contributed to a politician's downfall. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ordered the retrial for Ingmar Guandique, 34, after prosecutors dropped their opposition to defense lawyers' request for a new trial in the case, which had riveted the U.S. capital. Defense lawyers had argued that a key witness had lied and court records showed the new trial was assigned to Judge Robert Morin.
(Reuters) - Baltimore's top prosecutor plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray's autopsy report and other documents as she prosecutes police over his arrest, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told the newspaper that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media." Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died on April 19 from a spinal injury suffered in police custody. Mosby has charged six officers with violations ranging from misconduct in office to, in one case, second-degree murder.
A woman who organized a May event in Texas highlighting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed said she was the target of a man who federal prosecutors said had planned to behead police officers in Boston. Pamela Geller told CNN on Thursday that she believed that Usamaah Abdullah Rahim, whom police said they shot dead on Tuesday after he allegedly confronted them with a large knife, had intended to come after her. Gunmen had targeted Geller's event.
(Reuters) - A widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marion "Suge" Knight, accusing the rap mogul of carelessly striking and killing her husband with his pickup truck during a fight outside a Southern California fast-food restaurant, court documents showed. Universal Pictures, along with rappers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, were also named in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles by Lillian Carter, whose husband Terry was killed in the Jan. 29 incident in Compton, California. Knight, 50, was charged on Feb. 2 in criminal court with murder and attempted murder, accused of running over Carter, 55, and another man with his pickup after an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton." He has pleaded not guilty.
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, a central figure in world soccer's deepening scandal, has vowed to tell investigators all he knows about corruption within the sport's governing body. In a paid political address entitled "The gloves are off" broadcast in Trinidad and Tobago late on Wednesday, Warner said he feared for his life, but would reveal everything he knows. "There can be no reversal of the course of action I've now embarked upon," said Warner, a prominent local politician and businessman.
By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Wednesday he will sign a law requiring pregnant women to wait three days between consulting a doctor and having an abortion, among the longest waiting periods in the nation. McCrory, a Republican, faced intense lobbying from pro-choice advocates who hoped he would veto the measure, citing his campaign promise not to sign any further restrictions on abortion. “Some very positive progress was made during the last several days to protect women’s health,” McCrory said.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized on Wednesday for making a joke about Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, whose son died on the weekend. "It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize," Cruz, a Texas senator seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, wrote on Facebook. "The loss of his son is heartbreaking and tragic, and our prayers are very much with the Vice President and his family." U.S. media reported that Cruz had said on Wednesday in Michigan: “Joe Biden … You know what the nice thing is?
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on the state's death row who had said he was wrongly convicted of killing four men in 1983 and had spent three decades trying to halt his capital punishment. Bower was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT after being given a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. A former chemical salesman with two children, Bower became the oldest death row inmate put to death in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - The judge presiding over the murder trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes denied a motion by defense lawyers for a mistrial on Wednesday over videos shown to jurors of a psychiatrist’s interviews with the admitted shooter. Public defender Kristen Nelson argued that a video played in court, in which Holmes described details of the crime to court-appointed psychiatrist William Reid, violated his constitutional right against self-incrimination. It was the second time Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour has denied a defense motion for a mistrial since Reid took the stand late last week.