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Cruz Calls On Congress To Block Presidential Nominees Over Executive Action
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that President Obama refuses to accept that only Congress has the authority to establish federal immigration laws and that members should block the president’s nominees and some funding until he rescinds his executive action on the issue. “This is a stunning and sad display by the president,” Cruz, a Republican, told “Fox News Sunday.” “We need to impose real consequence.” Cruz suggested, as he has since Obama announced the executive action Thursday, that Congress should take action next year when Republicans, who already control the House, will also have the majority in the Senate. Fox News

Obama Backer, Democratic Fundraiser Terry Bean Charged In Sexual Abuse Case
A prominent supporter of President Barack Obama and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign was arrested last week on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse related to what authorities said was an encounter with a juvenile male. Terrence Bean, 66, a major Democratic donor and a celebrated gay-rights activist, was indicted on two felony charges of sodomy and a misdemeanor count of sexual abuse by a grand jury and arrested in Oregon Wednesday, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau. Bean was released later that day on bail, pending a court hearing. CNN

Obama Says Clinton Likely To Have Different Positions From Him In 2016 Race
President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he expects Democrat Hillary Clinton to stake out positions that may be different from his if she runs for president in 2016.Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race and served as his secretary of state in his first term, is considering a run in 2016 and is expected to make up her mind in the early months of 2015. "She's not going to agree with me on everything," Obama told ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "One of the benefits of running for president is you can stake out your own positions, and have a clean slate, a fresh start." Reuters

China Holds Out Hope For Iran Nuclear Deal
Talks on Iran's nuclear program appear likely to run beyond their Monday midnight deadline, but China's foreign minister says negotiators are still working on elements of a deal. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed Sunday to start discussion on continuing the talks past the target date But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says negotiators are still having "consultations" on a final agreement that meets both U.S. demands for strict curbs on Tehran's nuclear program and Iran's push for sanctions relief. Wang arrived Monday, joining the foreign ministers of the other countries negotiating with Iran — the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and Germany. Tampa Tribune

Records In Michael Brown Grand Jury Not Been Approved For Release
The prosecutor overseeing the Ferguson grand jury hearing the Michael Brown case took the rare step of recording and documenting the proceedings, but that doesn't mean they will be released to the public if Officer Darren Wilson isn't indicted, officials said Sunday. The St. Louis County director of judicial administration, Paul Fox, released a statement Sunday saying that St. Louis Judge Carolyn Whittington has to analyze the records before she approves that they be released, and Whittington can't do that until the grand jury has finished hearing evidence. "The court will need information it doesn't have," Fox said in response to a St. Louis Post Dispatch article that reported that Fox had said the court had already approved the request to release "virtually all the evidence that was considered" by the grand jury. "The quote attributed to me in the Post-Dispatch this morning is not accurate," Fox said. MSNBC

Brown Family Attorney Says Grand Jury Proceeding Is Unfair
The lead attorney for Michael Brown’s family said Sunday that having a grand jury decide whether or not to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot Mr. Brown earlier this year is unfair. Benjamin Crump said it is the prosecutors job to recommend charges, not present all the evidence to a grand jury and leave the decision up to them. “We don’t think it’s fair,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Why can’t you come and recommend charges based on probable charge?” “Why do we accept that when the police kill our children, we’re going to have this grand jury proceeding?” he continued. Legal experts pointed out that in high profile cases, prosecutors will often give the decision to a grand jury as political cover. Washington Times

Child Soldiers Become Integral Part Of ISIS' Army
Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists' headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods. Across the vast region under Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups. CBS

Putin Looks To Pakistan As Cold War Friend India Buys U.S. Arms
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to build military ties with Pakistan as India buys more weapons from the U.S., changing an approach toward the nuclear-powered neighbors that has endured since the Cold War. Sergei Shoigu, making the first visit by a Russian defense minister to Pakistan since the Soviet Union’s collapse, last week signed a “milestone” military cooperation agreement. The world community “wants to do business with Pakistan now,” Shoigu said, according to a Pakistan government statement. The move comes as Putin seeks to expand relations with Asia in the face of growing isolation from the U.S. and its allies over his support for separatist rebels in Ukraine. The U.S. overtook Russia as India’s biggest weapons supplier in recent years, prompting leaders in Moscow to reassess their strategy toward South Asia. Bloomberg

Obama Heads Back To D.C. This Morning After R&R
President Barack Obama left Las Vegas this morning and is headed back to Washington, D.C. According to reports from Christian Science Monitor reporter Linda Feldmann, part of the White House travel press pool, the president arrived at McCarran Airport with his motorcade at 10:41 a.m. At 7:37 a.m., the motorcade arrived at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Henderson. One of the people he played golf with was Butch Harmon, former golf swing instructor to Tiger Woods. At 7:35 a.m., Obama's motorcade left the hotel at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson. President Barack Obama finished speaking Friday at Del Sol High School. Las Vegas Sun

Monica Lewinsky Refuses To Change Her Last Name
Monica Lewinsky won’t change her infamous last name, even though it’s forever tarnished by her affair with former President Bill Clinton in 1998. The one-time White House intern spoke to Porter magazine about the fallout from the scandal and re-emerging into public life after 16 years in hiding. Lewinsky, now an advocate against Internet bullying, also posed for a fashion photo shoot by photographer Bjorn Iooss. Lewinsky tells the mag she never considered changing her name. “No one else in the investigation had to change their name. Why should I? I use aliases at times to protect my privacy, but I’m not ashamed of who I am.” NY Post

Private-Practice Cancer Doctors Become Vanishing Breed
Oncologists say the reason they are being forced to sell or close their practices and join hospitals is because insurers have slashed reimbursements and because the drugs they buy and sell to patients are now so expensive. When Dr. Jeffery Ward, a cancer specialist, and his partners sold their private practice to Swedish Medical Center, the Seattle hospital built them a new office suite 50 yards from the old place. The practice was bigger, but Ward saw the same patients and provided chemotherapy just like before. On the surface, nothing had changed but the setting. But there was one big difference. Treatments suddenly cost more, with higher co-payments for patients and higher bills for insurers. Because of quirks in the payment system, patients and their insurers pay hospitals and their doctors about twice what they pay independent oncologists for cancer treatments. Seattle Times

Curt Schilling’s Son’s Toy Grenade Causes Scare At Logan
Curt Schilling has had a busy few days. Fresh off an anti-science Twitter spree that resulted in ESPN suspending baseball insider Keith Law for defending evolution, the former Red Sox star and his family created a bit of panic at Logan Airport after his son’s toy grenade caused a bomb scare. On Saturday morning, Schilling took to Twitter and Facebook to tell how his son’s weapon-like plaything caused disruption at the airport, bringing in the bomb squad. Schilling’s son Grant, born in 1999, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was six years old, as Schilling and his wife Shonda discussed in their book “The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome.” Boston Globe

US Looking Past Ebola To Prepare For Next Outbreak
The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. "It's really urgent that we address the weak links and blind spots around the world," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. "Ebola is a powerful reminder that a health threat anywhere can affect us." Ebola sprang from one of those blind spots, in an area that lacks the health systems needed to detect an outbreak before it becomes a crisis. Now the Obama administration has requested $600 million for the CDC to implement what it calls the Global Health Security Agenda, working with an international coalition to shore up disease detection in high-risk countries and guard against the next contagion. Houston Chronicle

Supreme Court Rules Private Probation Companies Can’t Impose Extra Fees
The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private probation companies to supervise misdemeanor offenders but illegal to impose extra requirements beyond what is ordered by the courts. The ruling was released Monday in a case that contended that Sentinel Offender Services and other private probation companies were illegally imposing requirements such as electronic monitoring and extended sentences on probationers. Georgia uses private probation companies more than any other state. Those companies collect about $40 million a year in supervision fees from low-level misdemeanor offenders, primarily from people who didn’t have the means to pay court fines for offenses such as illegal lane change, drunken driving or trespassing. Atlanta Journal

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Swiss Museum Accepts Looted Nazi Art
A museum in Switzerland on Monday accepted a priceless art collection that may contain works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis. Kunstmuseum Bern's president Christoph Schaeublin told reporters in Berlin on Monday the museum would accept the collection bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but would work to ensure that any art looted from Jewish owners was returned. In 2012, authorities in Bavaria seized 1,280 items from Gurlitt's apartment in Munich while investigating a tax case. He died in May and designated the Kunstmuseum Bern as sole heir to his long-hidden collection that includes works by Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. USA Today

As A Cosby ‘Fixer’ Comes Out Of The Shadows, So Does An Explanation
More women, including actresses Michelle Hurd and Angela Leslie, have come forward accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual impropriety, and with them, one question looms large: How did this allegedly happen over the course of four decades, largely unchecked? The story told by NBC “fixer” Frank Scotti provides some answers. Scotti was a facilities manager at NBC charged with standing watch outside Cosby’s Brooklyn dressing room, he said. In an exclusive interview with the New York Daily News, Scotti revealed Cosby would dispatch him to send payments to women, including Leslie, a former stand-in on “The Cosby Show.” At one point, Scotti said, the payments totaled $2,000 per month. He said the comedian would give him a bag of $100 bills to be disbursed as money orders of varying amounts. Scotti kept receipts from the money orders he sent, which he said Cosby requested be in Scotti’s name. Washington Post

Obama Ramps Up Defense Of Immigration Action; Conservatives Urge Tough Response
President Obama on Sunday responded to Republican critics who have accused him of acting like an emperor with his recent immigration actions, repeating his challenge for Congress to “pass a bill.” Meanwhile, Republican leaders spent the weekend trying to craft a viable political response to the president’s immigration moves as outrage among the most conservative GOP elements continued to boil. During an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama said he would prefer to address immigration issues through bipartisan legislation. “It didn’t happen, because [Speaker John A. Boehner] didn’t call the bill for a vote in the House,” he insisted. Washington Post

Graham Critical Of New GOP House Report On Benghazi, Calls Findings 'Garbage'
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday criticized a recently released House Republican report that concludes no intelligence lapses in connection with the fatal Benghazi attacks, saying congressional investigators did a “lousy job.” “I think the report is full of crap,” Graham, a Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report released late Friday concluded the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The report also found no wrongdoing by Obama administration officials, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria. Fox News

Obama On 2016: 'I've Got Dings' And Americans Want 'That New Car Smell'
Drive it straight off the lot and into the Oval Office. That's what President Obama says the American people want, admitting Sunday that the country is ready to shift gears and hit the gas with a new leader. "I think the American people, you know, they're going to want that new car smell," Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "You know, they want to drive something off the lot that -- that doesn't have as much mileage as me." After taking responsibility for his party's sweeping defeat in the midterm elections, the President now says that he is aware that his brand has lost some of its luster. CNN

Small Quake Shakes Dallas Area, Stirring Fracking Critics
A light earthquake shook the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of North Texas on Saturday night, leaving no known damage or casualties but stirring concern about the potential of the area's oil and gas fracking industry to generate seismic activity. The magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck about 9:15 p.m. Central time on Saturday, said Dale Grant, an geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys football team played for nearly 40 years. Comments on Twitter from the Dallas Ft. Worth area indicate that the quake was felt across the region. Reuters

Bipartisan Consensus On MTP: Congress Should Act On Immigration
Despite differing opinions on President Obama’s executive order, two Senators said Sunday that the proper response from Congress should be to put legislation on the President’s desk. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) advocated passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill. “You know, the president has only addressed one small portion of what needs to be done with immigration reform,” Flake said. “We've got to do border security, interior enforcement, guest worker plan, and have a mechanism to deal with those who are here illegal. He has done one portion of the latter. So I'd rather move legislation on the other three items and put it on his desk.” MSNBC

GOP Says Dems Wouldn’t Like Republican President Rewriting Laws
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Democrats should be just as angry as Republicans about the president’s executive order on immigration because it sets a precedent for future presidents to singlehandedly rewrite the law. “This is a serious matter,” he said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “President Lindsey Graham could come in and say, ‘I don’t like the Endangered Species Act, I’m not going to enforce it.’” “That is rewriting law. That is a violation,” he continued. “The president has just slapped in the face every House and Senate member, saying we don’t need you anymore.” Washington Times

The Future Of Food: Crushed Bugs, Chemical Elixirs And Apps
Most folks really like food. Trouble is, we can't keep eating the way we're eating if we're going to keep breeding the way we're breeding. We like meat. But raising the animals we like to eat requires a crazy amount of land, water and energy. And all that meat isn't actually that good for us. Something will have to give. Maybe we'll eat meat that's grown in a lab. Maybe we'll eat meat made from plants. And maybe we'll take a cue from Megan Miller, who makes things with flour made from ground-up bugs. Yes, Miller's company, Bitty, sells cookies made from cricket flour. She believes that the future of protein is bugs. CBS

No One Has Coherent Long-Term Solution To ISIS
If there was ever an issue that required politics to stop at the water's edge, it's the fight against ISIS. With its Mideast land grab, its growing army of Western volunteers, and its global aspirations, ISIS threatens U.S. security interests and must be confronted. But no one, not the White House, not GOP leaders, certainly not Congress, has come up with a coherent plan to curb the group in the long run. In a sane government, Congress would debate President Obama's goals and strategy. The president has said he wanted Congress to authorize his anti-ISIS military campaign once midterm elections were over. Philadelphia Inquirer

Hong Kong To Clear More Protest Barricades
Hong Kong authorities said they will remove some barricades Tuesday from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. The government said in a statement late Monday that police will be on hand to assist bailiffs working under a court order to remove obstructions from the site, which activists have occupied for nearly two months. It said police are authorized to arrest anyone obstructing the bailiffs. Protesters have been camped out on major thoroughfares in three areas of Hong Kong since Sept. 28 demanding greater democracy. The standoff has continued with no end in sight as neither the government nor the student-led protesters have shown any willingness to compromise. San Diego Union

GOP Hopefuls Avoid Specifics In Response To Obama
The rhetoric is barbed, but Republican presidential hopefuls generally fell in line behind the voices of restraint in the wake of President Barack Obama's order blocking deportation for millions of immigrants in the country unlawfully. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a tea party favorite in the 2012 race, urged the Republican leadership in Congress to "use any means available to stop this unconstitutional attack on our liberty." Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who once filibustered the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director in a dispute over surveillance of U.S. citizens, said: "I will not sit idly by and let the president bypass Congress and our Constitution." Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who voted for the bipartisan bill that cleared the Senate in 2013, said the Congress should try to unravel Obama's actions, and he called for Republicans to call a vote early next year on a strict immigration enforcement bill. Charlotte Observer

Graft Hobbles Iraqi Military’s Ability To Fight Islamic State
One Iraqi general is known as “chicken guy” because of his reputation for selling his soldiers’ poultry provisions. Another is “arak guy,” for his habit of enjoying that anise-flavored liquor on the job. A third is named after Iraq’s 10,000-dinar bills, “Gen. Deftar,” and is infamous for selling officer commissions. They are just a few of the faces of the entrenched corruption of the Iraqi security forces, according to Iraqi officers and lawmakers as well as U.S. officials. The Iraqi military and police forces had been so thoroughly pillaged by their own corrupt leadership that they all but collapsed this spring in the face of the advancing militants of the Islamic State — despite roughly $25 billion worth of U.S. training and equipment over the past 10 years and far more from the Iraqi treasury. Kansas City Star

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US Tells Iran To Consider Nuclear Talks Extension
The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior U.S. official said that with the Monday evening cutoff date a little more than a day away, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry proposed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Java Zarf that the two sides start discussing post-deadline talks in their latest meeting since Kerry arrived three days ago to add his diplomatic weight to the talks. At the same time, two Western diplomats said, negotiations were continuing with Iran on trying to bridge differences on reducing Tehran's ability to make nuclear weapons to levels acceptable to Washington while giving the Islamic republic the relief it seeks from international sanctions over its atomic activities. ABC

New International Space Station crew launches today
An international crew of astronauts, including one from NASA, will launch from Kazakhstan today for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
The three-person team is expected to blast off at 4 p.m. eastern time. The launch will be streamed live online at NASA-TV and at Space.com. Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency will launch aboard their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA will also air live coverage of the Soyuz as it docks to the space station at 9:53 p.m eastern time. UPI

Jindal Seen As Liability For GOP Candidate Cassidy
In the still-unfolding Louisiana Senate race, when Republican Bill Cassidy wants to hurt Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's standing, he suggests that a vote for her is a vote for unpopular President Barack Obama. Democrats have their supposed bad guy too: When they want to hurt Cassidy, they link him to Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal. Like Obama's nationally, Jindal's approval ratings in Louisiana have dipped into the 40s. And Jindal's stock is falling just as he's considering a bid for the presidency in 2016. He's angered state workers with layoffs, health care changes and attempts to lessen retirement benefits. His education policies have miffed public school teachers. And his patchwork approach to balancing the state's budget has put Jindal at odds with conservative Republicans as well as Democrats. Repeated cuts have hit public colleges and health care services. And Jindal's frequent out-of-state travel has soured some support for the governor. Miami Herald

Israel Minister: New Law Could Break Up Government
Israel's justice minister said Monday that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on bringing a contentious nationality law to a parliamentary vote, it could mean the end of his government and the holding of early elections. Tzipi Livni's warning came amid strong indications that the sponsor of the bill has decided to delay a vote on it, originally planned for Wednesday, by at least a week. The bill would formally identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, enshrine Jewish law as a source of inspiration for legislation, and delist Arabic as an official language. It has been condemned by critics as a threat to the country's democratic character that would further escalate Israeli-Palestinian tensions. SF Gate

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Damage Worse Than Thought In Japanese Earthquake
The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude and depth from initial estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami. ABC

OPEC's Easy Days Setting Oil Production Are Over, Veteran Says; You Need Russia, Norway, Mexico
The days when OPEC members could almost guarantee consensus when deciding production levels for oil are long gone, according to a veteran of almost two decades of the group’s meetings. The global glut of crude, which has contributed to a 30 percent decline in prices since June 19, has left the organization dependent on non-members to shore up the market, said former Qatari Oil Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah. The 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is scheduled to meet in Vienna on Nov. 27. Bloomberg

Ethics Could Take Detour With Self-Driving Cars
A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on programmed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents happen. It's relatively easy to write computer code that directs the car on how to respond to a sudden dilemma. The hard part is deciding what that response should be. "The problem is, who's determining what we want?" asked Jeffrey Miller, a University of Southern California professor who develops driverless vehicle software. Detroit News

Israel Declared 'National State Of The Jewish People'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved a controversial bill on Sunday to make Israel the nation-state of Jewish people. The bill is not yet a law, as it still needs approval from the country's parliament. It's actually a combination of two bills, and Netanyahu will be adding it to an additional version to be presented in the coming week. Fourteen cabinet members supported the measure and six opposed. "The bill submitted today to the government puts a Jewish state before democracy," said Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid. "It is an anti-democratic bill. Neither I nor Yesh Atid will vote on Wednesday for the nation-state bill as it was submitted." Arabs account for just over 20 percent of Israel's population, and the bill would remove Arabic from the list of official languages. UPI

IDF C'Tee Reimposes Multiple Life Sentences On Schalit Deal Rearrested Palestinians
Two Palestinians released during the 2011 Gilad Schalit prisoner swap and rearrested this summer in the wake of the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens have been sentenced to multiple life terms in prison, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Hamza Abu Arkoub and Ashraf Rawi were sentenced on Thursday by a special IDF commission; the court decision has yet to be publicly announced. The rearrests and the possibility of canceling pardons and the reimposing of sentences has been in the news since June. Coverage rose to a crescendo during and after the summer’s Gaza war, since Hamas has said a condition for a long-term cease-fire would be the re-release of those Schalit deal Palestinians who were rearrested. Jerusalem Post

Regin, New Computer Spying Bug, Discovered By Symantec
A leading computer security company says it has discovered one of the most sophisticated pieces of malicious software ever seen. Symantec says the bug, named Regin, was probably created by a government and has been used for six years against a range of targets around the world. Once installed on a computer, it can do things like capture screenshots, steal passwords or recover deleted files. Experts say computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Ireland have been hit most. It has been used to spy on government organisations, businesses and private individuals, they say. BBC

Internet Data Plan Back On Political Agenda
A law forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time is to be outlined by Theresa May. The home secretary said the measure would improve national security. As part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, providers would have to retain data linking devices to users. But campaigners warned it could see the revival of the so-called "snoopers' charter" - a previous attempt to bring in wide-ranging web monitoring powers. BBC

Obama Salutes 'Tumultuous Life And Career' Of DC Mayor Marion Barry
Barack Obama led tributes on Sunday to the former Washington mayor Marion Barry, who has died at the age of 78. The president heralded Barry’s work as a civil-rights campaigner in “a storied, at times tumultuous life and career” and said he “earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians”. In a statement, Obama said: “Marion helped advance the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in DC, he put in place historic programmes to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule.” Barry, a Democrat, was mayor for three terms between 1979 and 1991, when he was sent to prison for six months after being filmed smoking crack cocaine. After his release, he returned to the city council; in 1995 he became mayor for a fourth time. Guardian

US Air Strikes In Syria Driving Anti-Assad Groups To Support Isis
US air strikes in Syria are encouraging anti-regime fighters to forge alliances with or even defect to Islamic State (Isis), according to a series of interviews conducted by the Guardian. Fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic military groups are joining forces with Isis, which has gained control of swaths of Syria and Iraq and has beheaded six western hostages in the past few months. Some brigades have transferred their allegiance, while others are forming tactical alliances or truces. Support among civilians also appears to be growing in some areas as a result of resentment over US-led military action. Guardian

Keep Chicken In Separate Bag In Fridge, Shoppers Told
A poisonous bacteria found on the outer packaging of supermarket chicken has led health officials to advise shoppers to keep poultry in a separate bag in the fridge. A report this week is expected to confirm that campylobacter, a major cause of food poisoning, is present on the external packaging of thousands of fresh whole chickens sold in Britain each day. The Food Standards Agency said the bacteria grew in the guts of chickens but was being transferred to the outside of plastic put around birds during processing. Telegraph

Scientists Hail New '3 Parent Baby' Technique
Experts are to investigate a new technique to create “three-parent babies” which could be safer and more effective than current methods being tested in British laboratories. The Government last month asked the fertility regulator to examine new research from China, which used a less invasive form of the controversial IVF technique and could reduce the risk of birth defects. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has now published a report on the research, which it describes as “promising” and says “may offer potential advantages” over existing techniques. These include increasing the chances that a baby would be born free of inherited diseases. Telegraph

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