Young hackers given lighter sentences after helping out FBI

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three young computer hackers whose “botnet” known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the internet two years ago have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, were sentenced…

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three young computer hackers whose “botnet” known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the internet two years ago have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, were sentenced...

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Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

SALT LAKE CITY — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears about whether she remains a threat and calls…

SALT LAKE CITY — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears about whether she remains a threat and calls...

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Man tried to blame someone else for shooting himself in the genitals: cops

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Authorities say a Missouri man who shot himself in the genitals lied to investigators and said someone else shot him. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 19-year-old Taylor Joseph Guthrie is charged with a misdemeanor count of making a false report after he was wounded in July at a mobile home park in…

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Authorities say a Missouri man who shot himself in the genitals lied to investigators and said someone else shot him. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 19-year-old Taylor Joseph Guthrie is charged with a misdemeanor count of making a false report after he was wounded in July at a mobile home park in...

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South Africa close to a ‘war zone’ with surge in murder rate

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s already high murder rate has increased by about 7 percent, prompting the police minister to compare the situation to a “war zone.” Police on Tuesday released crime statistics showing 20,336 people were murdered in South Africa between April 2017 and March, compared to 19,016 in the previous year. The police minister,…

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s already high murder rate has increased by about 7 percent, prompting the police minister to compare the situation to a “war zone.” Police on Tuesday released crime statistics showing 20,336 people were murdered in South Africa between April 2017 and March, compared to 19,016 in the previous year. The police minister,...

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Haunting posters show Native American women who vanished mysteriously

Leona LeClair Kinsey was a fiercely independent woman who could go pheasant hunting, serve the bird for dinner, then take the leftover feathers and turn them into an artistic gift. Her daughter, Carolyn DeFord, remembers how they’d also hunt deer, elk and antelope and pick mushrooms and huckleberries near their home in La Grande, Oregon,…

Leona LeClair Kinsey was a fiercely independent woman who could go pheasant hunting, serve the bird for dinner, then take the leftover feathers and turn them into an artistic gift. Her daughter, Carolyn DeFord, remembers how they’d also hunt deer, elk and antelope and pick mushrooms and huckleberries near their home in La Grande, Oregon,...

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Native American women still facing high rates of crime

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes. The statistics reinforce arguments that the criminal justice system…

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes. The statistics reinforce arguments that the criminal justice system...

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Manafort’s trial will remain in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s second trial will remain in the District of Columbia, a judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that the former Trump campaign chairman’s attorneys had failed to show that thorough jury questioning and careful instructions couldn’t ensure that both sides could pick an impartial jury in Washington. Manafort’s…

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s second trial will remain in the District of Columbia, a judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said that the former Trump campaign chairman’s attorneys had failed to show that thorough jury questioning and careful instructions couldn’t ensure that both sides could pick an impartial jury in Washington. Manafort’s...

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Mom allegedly killed daughters in ‘unimaginable tragedy’

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A woman has been indicted on murder charges in the deaths of her two baby daughters two years apart. A Fairbanks grand jury Wednesday indicted Stephany Lafountain, 23, in the death of a 4-month-old girl in 2015 and a 13-month-old girl in November 2017. Both girls’ deaths exhibited signs of being suffocated,…

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A woman has been indicted on murder charges in the deaths of her two baby daughters two years apart. A Fairbanks grand jury Wednesday indicted Stephany Lafountain, 23, in the death of a 4-month-old girl in 2015 and a 13-month-old girl in November 2017. Both girls’ deaths exhibited signs of being suffocated,...

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‘Willy Wonka,’ four others busted in massive ATM theft ring

SALEM, Mass. — Massachusetts authorities say they have shut down a multistate ATM and vehicle theft ring run by a career criminal known as Willy Wonka or “the Chocolate Man.” The six-month investigation that led to five arrests was called Operation Golden Ticket and involved 50 law enforcement agencies. William “Willy Wonka” Rodriguez was held…

SALEM, Mass. — Massachusetts authorities say they have shut down a multistate ATM and vehicle theft ring run by a career criminal known as Willy Wonka or “the Chocolate Man.” The six-month investigation that led to five arrests was called Operation Golden Ticket and involved 50 law enforcement agencies. William “Willy Wonka” Rodriguez was held...

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Deputy accused of soliciting sex from woman he arrested

ATLANTA — A county sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and fired for allegedly soliciting sex from a woman he arrested. Local media report Monroe County sheriff’s deputy Bill Miller was jailed Thursday and charged with felony violation of oath of office. The charges stem from a secret audio recording made by Ashlie Roberts, whom Miller…

ATLANTA — A county sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and fired for allegedly soliciting sex from a woman he arrested. Local media report Monroe County sheriff’s deputy Bill Miller was jailed Thursday and charged with felony violation of oath of office. The charges stem from a secret audio recording made by Ashlie Roberts, whom Miller...

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