President Barack Obama authorized the first sanctions program directed at individual or group cyberattackers that constitute “significant threats” to the interests of the United States in an executive order issued on Wednesday.
Here’s what constitutes a “significant threat” to America, according to the order: A person or group that threatens the United States’ security or economy by
damaging American critical infrastructure,
disrupting or hijacking American computer networks,
or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit.
“Our primary focus will be on cyber threats from overseas,” Obama wrote in a statement on the website Medium. “In many cases, diplomatic and law enforcement tools will still be our most effective response. But targeted sanctions, used judiciously, will give us a new and powerful way to go after the worst of the worst.”
That photo is almost “The Day After Tomorrow” huge.
Hagatna, Guam: An emergency has been declared in the Micronesian state of Chuuk as Super Typhoon Maysak cuts a destructive path across the central Pacific leaving at least five dead and extensive damage.
Crops were ruined and water supplies contaminated, with fears people faced starvation if they did not get aid soon, after the violent storm took three days to cross the vast Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
“Governor Johnson Elimo declared a state of emergency (in Chuuk) due to damage by Typhoon Maysak, including five deaths,” FSM President Manny Mori said on Wednesday in a statement, indicating foreign aid would be needed to support relief efforts.
A day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to succeed a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari promised on Wednesday to “spare no effort” to defeat Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The 72-year-old general, who first came to power three decades ago via a military coup and campaigned as a born-again democrat, also promised to tackle graft in Africa’s largest economy.
“Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort,” Buhari said in his first formal speech since winning the election. “In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do.”
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Wednesday he would not yet sign a controversial religious freedom act into law, requesting that the state legislature make changes to the bill in the wake of criticism that the legislation could be used to facilitate discrimination against LGBT citizens and other groups.
Hutchinson said at a press conference that he was seeking changes to make Arkansas’ legislation mirror the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. Hutchinson previously had promised to sign the legislation. The surprising announcement came a day after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was forced to defend a similar law in his state. After facing a national firestorm, Pence called on Tuesday for new legislation that would clarify that his law does not grant businesses the right to deny services to anyone.
The Arkansas RFRA that passed through the legislature yesterday has broad language that is not contained in the federal RFRA. The Arkansas legislation currently extends the definition of “person” to include corporations, granting for-profit businesses a right to religious exercise. The legislation also allows any “person” to cite religion rights as a defense or claim in a private lawsuit.
I’m pleasantly surprised to see Hutchinson decide not to undermine his state by making discrimination legal.
Washington (CNN)Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk right now, instead asking state lawmakers to make changes so the bill mirrors federal law.
The first-term Republican governor said he wants his state “to be known as a state that does not discriminate but understands tolerance.”
Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.
Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense’s Chromebook can be ordered beginning Tuesday at walmart.com and Haier’s version can be bought at amazon.com.
Their arrival coincides with Microsoft’s rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Pre-orders for that device began Tuesday, too.
The GOP is creating a raft of court cases that will clog the courts and fail to achieve the zealot’s goals behind them. LGBT freedom will endure beyond these reactionary attempts to keep them separate and unequal second class citizens through legislation designed to allow discrimination against them.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has urged lawmakers to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new religious-objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Pence’s move on Tuesday to quell a backlash over the law came as Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism and passed similar legislation that now heads to the governor. A look at the latest developments:
The Indiana law, which takes effect July 1, does not specifically mention gays and lesbians, but opponents say it is designed to protect businesses and individuals who do not want to serve gays and lesbians, such as florists or caterers who might be hired for a same-sex wedding.
Scientists have measured what is likely the highest temperature ever on Antarctica: 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 Celsius).
The measurements were made last Tuesday at Argentina’s Esperanza Base, on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, according to the meteorological website Weather Underground. The previous hottest known temperature on the continent was 62.8°F (17.1°C), recorded at Esperanza Base on April 24, 1961.
The Weather Underground called last week’s temperatures a “remarkable heat wave,” although they occurred during the end of the austral summer, when Antarctic temperatures are typically highest.
The temperature has yet to be certified as an official record for the continent by the World Meteorological Organization.
Never, ever want to run out of coffee, toilet paper, razors or trash bags again? Amazon has a button for you.
The online behemoth launched Amazon Dash on Tuesday. Although that was one day before April Fools’, it actually is a real product, the company says.
Dash is a small oval electronic device about the size of a pack of gum. Each one comes emblazoned with the name of a different, frequently used-up, product.
Court documents show that a cross-dressing man killed during a violent encounter at the National Security Agency had a history of theft and assault, and was mistaken at least once for being a woman.
The FBI has identified Ricky Shawatza Hall as the person who was killed Monday after the NSA said he failed to obey orders to drive away from a heavily guarded gate leading into the highly secure NSA campus. An NSA police officer was treated for minor injuries and released.
Hall, 27, was accompanied by a second man who was not identified and who remained hospitalized Tuesday with unspecified injuries. The two men were dressed as women, but “not in an attempt to disguise themselves from authorities,” FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said.