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Federal Government Employee Data Breach Could Affect 14 Million

Federal government breachIt now appears the hackers who breached the federal government's clearinghouse of records on past and present workers was even more successful than first believed.

A federal law enforcement source tells CBS News the number of people affected could reach 14 million -- more than three times as many as were initially suspected -- including some FBI and CIA employees.


Oregon women to get a year's supply of birth control at once

birth control pillsIt's like a ritual for women across the nation: frequent treks to the pharmacist to refill birth control prescriptions.

It's a hassle for busy students, a headache for rural women with long drives and a cause for panic for travelers on the road when their packs run out.

Soon, however, women in Oregon will be able to avoid such problems. The state has enacted a first-of-its-kind insurance law that will allow them to obtain a year's worth of birth control at a time, instead of the 30- or 90- day supply available now.


Appeals court sets aside conviction of bin Laden assistant

Ali Hamza al-BahlulA federal appeals court on Friday threw out the only remaining conviction against a Guantanamo Bay detainee who had served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant, setting new restrictions on the use of military commissions to try terror suspects.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that the conspiracy case against Ali Hamza al-Bahlul was legally flawed because conspiracy is not a war crime.


NAACP leader of Washington state chapter lied about being black, parents say

Rachel DolezalA prominent NAACP leader, civil rights activist and African studies instructor is a Montana-born white woman who passed herself off as black for years, her parents told the Daily News.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter, asked her younger adoptive brother Ezra not to “blow my cover” when he visited her in Washington state three years ago, he told The Spokesman-Review newspaper.


Defeat for Obama on trade as Democrats vote against him

Trade bill defeatA strange coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans came together to defeat Barack Obama in a vote on trade on Friday afternoon.

With the Democratic minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, speaking in opposition to the bill and going directly against Obama less than three hours after the president begged his party’s caucus to support it, the vote on trade adjustment assistance (TAA) – which would have provided government aid to workers who had lost their jobs because of free trade agreements – marks not just a major setback for future trade agreements but for Obama’s influence in his own caucus.


US spending on Islamic State fight totals $2.7bn

cost of war against ISISThe US spends more than $9m (£5.7m) a day on the war against Islamic State, and has poured $2.7bn (£1.7bn) into the bombing campaign since the start.

An international coalition has been conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria since last August.  The first breakdown of US costs, released by the Pentagon, show that two-thirds of the total bill has gone to the Air Force.


Pakistan orders Save the Children to leave country

Pakistan expels Save the ChildrenPakistan has ordered the charity Save the Children to leave the country, with an official accusing the NGO of "anti-Pakistan" activities.

Police have sealed off their offices in Islamabad and foreign staff given 15 days to leave the country. Save the Children said it "strongly objected" to the action.  Pakistan has previously linked the charity to the fake vaccination programme used by the CIA to track down Osama Bin Laden.


U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test

Fracking rules face legal testEnergy industry groups and states that oppose new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands are headed to court this month to try to block the regulations a day before they are to take effect.

Foes of the regulations will go before a federal judge on June 23 to seek a preliminary injunction. The Interior Department rules, slated to take effect on June 24, would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land.


GOP operative sentenced to 2 years for illegal coordination

Tyler HarberA Republican political operative has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally funneling campaign contributions from a super PAC he secretly ran to a congressional campaign he was managing.

Thirty-four-year-old Tyler Harber of Alexandria was sentenced Friday in federal court in Virginia. In February, he became the first person convicted of illegally coordinating campaign contributions between political committees.


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