Russian hackers used US online infrastructure against itself

Russian hackers used US online infrastructure against itself

WASHINGTON — Exactly seven months before the 2016 presidential election, Russian government hackers made it onto a Democratic committee’s network.

One of their carefully crafted fraudulent emails had hit pay dirt, enticing an employee to click a link and enter her password.

That breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was the first significant step in gaining access to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) network.

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Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Wildfire

MARIPOSA, California — A wildfire that killed a California firefighter grew quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park as crews contended with sweltering conditions Sunday, authorities said.

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Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration is advancing a proposal for electric utilities that would supplant President Barack Obama’s principal attempt to curtail US contributions to global warming, with a new rule that’s expected to go easier on the coal industry.

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July Fourth: Americans celebrate their union, rue divisions

July Fourth: Americans celebrate their union, rue divisions

NEW YORK — With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans were celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday.

But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a sense of a United States divided for some.

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Liberty Island evacuated after statue base climber, banner

Liberty Island evacuated after statue base climber, banner

NEW YORK — Several people who hung a banner from the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal calling for abolishing the federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency were arrested on July Fourth shortly before a person scaled the statue’s base, forcing its evacuation.

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Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils at restaurants, bars

SEATTLE — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It’s no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants. Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday.

Seattle is believed to be the first major US city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities. The eco-conscious city has been an environmental leader in the US, working to aggressively curb the amount of trash that goes into landfills by requiring more options that can be recycled or composted.

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‘Feeling guilty,’ US traffic violator pays 44-year-old parking ticket

Minersville, Pennsylvania — A person has cleared their conscious by paying a 44-year-old parking ticket. The Minersville, Pennsylvania, Police Department received a letter last week with $5 and a note inside. The return address was “Feeling guilty, Wayward Road, Anytown, Ca.” Police Chief Michael Combs tells WNEP-TV the note said, “Dear PD, I’ve been carrying this […]

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