Assange backers target websites
Swedish government websites were jammed by hackers for hours Monday, with some supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claiming responsibility on Twitter. Niklas Englund, head of digital media at the Swedish Armed Forces, said an unidentified group urged Sweden to take its "hands off Assange." He is sheltering at Ecuador's embassy in Britain to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him over alleged sex crimes.
Va. out-of-state gun permits rise
Virginia is issuing a rising number of concealed-carry gun permits to people in other states, which may be due to online classes. The courses allow applicants to seek a permit from Virginia that is valid in their state, but without having to meet requirements such as firing a gun with an instructor. Virginia issued 1,632 concealed-carry permits to nonresidents in the first half of 2012, topping the 1,321 permits for all of 2011.
Kayaker Crowe is lost, then found
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe lost his way kayaking in the waters off New York's Long Island and was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard boat and ferried to a harbor, officials said. He was kayaking with a friend Saturday and as it got dark they got lost, the Coast Guard said.