Cuba blogger's news site hacked
Cuba's first major independent general-interest news outlet in five decades was hacked on Wednesday shortly after being launched by the country's best-known dissident blogger. A little more than an hour after its launch, the site www.14ymedio.com was directing readers inside Cuba to a page dedicated to scathing criticism of blogger Yoani Sanchez by well-known pro-government writers. Access outside Cuba appeared to be unimpeded.
More Hispanics identify as white
Hispanics are often described as driving up the nonwhite share of the population. But a new study of census forms finds that more Hispanics are identifying as white. An estimated net 1.2 million Americans of the 35 million Americans identified in 2000 as of "Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin," as the census form puts it, changed their race from "some other race" to "white" between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, according to research presented at an annual meeting of the Population Association of America and reported by Pew Research.
Museums offering free access to vets
More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer, beginning on Memorial Day. The Blue Star Museums program was launched Wednesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas. The free admission offer runs through Labor Day in September.
Wyoming ponders using firing squad
Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad. A Wyoming legislative committee has directed its staff to draft a firing-squad bill for consideration ahead of next year's legislative session. Bob Lampert is director of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. He says drugs for lethal injection have become increasingly difficult to obtain.
By the Numbers
$68M The cost to widen nearly 1,300 train stations in France after engineers made a miscalculation regarding new trains that will be introduced between now and 2016.