Soldiers warned about ID theft after laptop is stolen

Madison, Wis.

Stolen laptop has Guards' details

The Army National Guard is investigating why a contractor had data including Social Security numbers for 131,000 current and former soldiers on an unsecured personal laptop that was stolen, a spokesman said Thursday. The Guard was sending letters this week warning those affected to protect themselves from identity theft after the July 27 theft of the laptop belonging to a contract employee, said Randy Noller, spokesman for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va. The stolen laptop contains names, addresses, Social Security numbers and payment data for those enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program. The Guard had no indication any data has been compromised, but affected soldiers, generally those who received enlistment and retention bonuses in recent years, should take precautionary steps such as putting fraud alerts on their credit, Noller said.

Washington

Jewish groups protest Obama medal choice

Jewish congressional members and the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee are protesting President Barack Obama's decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Irish leader Mary Robinson, who they say has a long record of harshly criticizing Israel. By Thursday, several members of Congress had rebuked the White House for deciding to bestow the country's highest civilian honor on Robinson during a White House ceremony later this month. Among their concerns was her role as the United Nations' high commissioner on human rights in the 2001 U.N. Conference on Racism. The U.S. and Israel pulled out of the conference in Durban, South Africa, over a document that accused Israel of racism in its treatment of Palestinians. A spokesman said the White House stood by its decision.

Elsewhere

Texas: Three Grand Prairie police officers and a dispatcher who circulated a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama last month have been suspended without pay. The e-mail came from outside the department, but the officers opened or forwarded it, violating a policy prohibiting employees from using city computers to send offensive and inappropriate e-mails, Detective John Brimmer said Thursday.

New York: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point was rated the best college in the country by Forbes magazine, beating out No. 2 Princeton and third-place California Institute of Technology in the America's Best College report.

Tennessee: The National Civil Rights Museum chose the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetans, as the recipient of the International Freedom Award. The honor will be conferred at a luncheon Sept. 23 in Memphis.

Times wires

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