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5 ways to make your personal email safer in case of a hack attack

Friday, December 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email …

Earth Matters: Awesome auroras: Watch for them in a sky near you

Friday, December 19, 2014

By all accounts, I am a space junkie (I suppose that beats being space junk). Gazing skyward gives me a proper perspective on my worldly concerns. My childhood was enlivened by hours spent watching the first moon landings on a grainy television screen, and I am still stirred by Neil Armstrong’s first words …

Heading outdoors: Area activities

Friday, December 19, 2014

■ DAR State Forest First Day Hike — Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation sponsors a hike Jan. 1, 11 a.m., DAR State Forest, Route 112, Goshen. Meet in the day-use parking lot. Julie.Martin@state.ma.us. ■ Moonlight Snowshoe/Hike for Fitness — Jan. 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, Route 63, Northfield. Free (snowshoe rental $16). 800-859-2960. ■  Moonlight Snowshoe — Trustees of Reservations …

Victims of school massacre buried

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. …

Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HAVANA — Colombia’s largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren’t targeted by the U.S.-backed military. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia made the announcement …

141 dead in school attack in Pakistan

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege. The …

Australian PM: System didn’t track gunman

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SYDNEY — Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was …

Suspect in 6 killings found dead in woods

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending …

Jeb Bush gets set to run

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, …

Mom heads to court on charges of giving son medical marijuana

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota mother heads to court this week, charged with medicating her sick child with marijuana - an act that will be legal in a matter of months. Angela Brown of Madison faces two gross misdemeanor charges of child endangerment for giving cannabis oil to her …

Carolinas politicians get payouts from broker

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers. The two …

LA prosecutors won’t charge Cosby in alleged 1974 molestation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will not be charged with a crime after a woman claimed he molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, Los Angeles prosecutors said Tuesday. In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judy Huth said she and a 16-year-old friend …

Reporter Risen told to testify at hearing before spy’s trial

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — New York Times reporter James Risen was ordered Tuesday to appear at a Jan. 5 hearing to give limited testimony in advance of the trial of a former CIA officer who is charged with revealing classified information, including embarrassing details of CIA operations in Iran that …