Saturday, June 23, 2018
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U.S. vulnerable to cyberattack, Panetta says

new york

u.s. vulnerable to cyberattack, panetta says

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday that the nation faces the possibility of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" and is increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle our power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government. In a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Panetta painted a dire picture of how an attack might unfold. He said he was reacting to increasing aggressiveness and technological advances by U.S. adversaries, identified as China, Russia, Iran and militant groups. Pentagon officials acknowledged Panetta is also pushing for legislation to require new standards at critical private-sector infrastructure facilities.

phoenix

Border Patrol fires on rock throwers

A U.S. Border Patrol agent opened fire on people throwing rocks from across the Mexican border, killing a teen and eliciting outrage from the Mexican government, authorities said Thursday. Agents in Nogales, Ariz., responded to reports of two suspected drug smugglers near the border late Wednesday. The agents watched the two abandon a load of narcotics, then run back to Mexico, the Border Patrol said. As the agents went to investigate, people on the Mexican side threw rocks at them and ignored orders to stop, the agency said. One agent opened fire. The Border Patrol said one person "appeared to have been shot." Mexican officials said a teen was killed. The FBI is investigating.

beirut, lebanon

Hezbollah: We flew drone into Israel

The leader of Hezbollah claimed responsibility Thursday for launching an Iranian-made drone aircraft into Israeli airspace earlier this week, adding more tension to an already explosive Mideast atmosphere. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah warned that it would not be the last such operation by his Lebanese militant group. Israeli warplanes shot down the unmanned plane, but the infiltration marked a rare breach of Israel's tightly guarded airspace.

parachinar, pakistan

U.S. drone missiles kill 16 militants

U.S. drones fired four missiles at a compound of a Pakistani militant commander in a northwestern tribal region Thursday, killing 16 militants, while a pair of bombings in the southwest killed 10 civilians and three security personnel, officials said. Officials in Orakzai region said 12 insurgents were also wounded in the drone attack near Biland village bordering the North Waziristan tribal region. Earlier, a bomb at a crowded market in the restive province of Baluchistan killed 10 people. A roadside bombing elsewhere in the troubled region killed three security officials, police said.

new orleans

Gulf oil sheen said from wreckage

Federal scientists and BP say oil appears to have leaked last month from drilling wreckage at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico near where a BP well blew out in 2010, causing the nation's worst offshore spill. An investigation began after a sheen was discovered in the water near the site, indicating oil may have seeped from a milelong metal tube that connected the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to the Macondo well. The well itself, capped after more than 200 million gallons of oil spewed, is not thought to be leaking, officials said.

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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

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Updated: 6 minutes ago
FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

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Updated: 13 minutes ago
‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said, in interviews, that she would have loved to have been an opera singer.She has certainly become a fixture at many opera houses around the country: She is often spotted in the audience; she sometimes presides...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

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Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

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Updated: 3 hours ago
First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

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Published: 06/23/18
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

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Marc Anthony pays a visit to the Trop

Marc Anthony pays a visit to the Trop

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Published: 06/22/18
Rays journal: Daniel Robertson’s return crowds up infield

Rays journal: Daniel Robertson’s return crowds up infield

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