A Texas man who spent more than a decade dealing with cybercrime at banks is now among the apparent victims of a hacking attack against a security contractor based in Texas. Allen Barr of Austin -- who recently retired from the Texas Department of Banking -- says he discovered Friday that a total of $700 had been spent from his account. He says five transactions were made, with the money going to charities including the Red Cross, CARE and Save the Children.
At least 40 people have been killed in the terror attacks that were carried out across Nigeria today by a radical Muslim sect. Most of the victims died on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass. Authorities acknowledged that they weren't able to bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church, near Nigeria's capital. Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in a city in central Nigeria. And a suicide car bomber attacked the military in Nigeria's northeast.
The White House is condemning what it is calling a "senseless" Christmas terrorist attack in Nigeria.The White House also offered its condolences to the Nigerian people, especially the families of the at least 39 people killed today. The White House says U.S. officials have been in contact with their counterparts in Nigeria and pledged to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice.President Barack Obama was monitor developments from his home state of Hawaii, where he is spending Christmas with his family.
Vandals are suspected of setting a fire Sunday morning that caused major damage to a Reno-area post office and shut down its postal operations. U.S Postal Inspector Steve Hofheins told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the building in Verdi (vur-die) about 10 miles west of Reno may be a total loss. He says while no mail was burned, some mail sustained water damage from firefighters' efforts. According to Hofheins, the fire apparently started about 5 a.m. after "something was thrown through the back window." A neighbor reported hearing four gunshots behind the post office about 4:30 a.m. and calling 911, and smoke was visible when officers arrived at the scene. A fire inspector from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Federal land managers have agreed to postpone their precedent-setting plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in eastern Nevada pending a federal court's review of the issue. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's action came a week after a coalition of conservationists and wild-horse defenders sued the government in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to block the plan's implementation. Under a compromise approved by the court Thursday, the agency will be allowed to begin a long-term removal of roughly 1,800 wild horses from the sprawling Pancake Complex near Ely beginning about
Jan. 12 as scheduled. But the BLM agreed to put on hold its plans to castrate 200 wild stallions before releasing them back to the complex. Horse activists think the court will rule in its favor.