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Iranian Hackers Targeted Presidential Campaign, Microsoft Says

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SAN FRANCISCO — Iranian hackers have been targeting the email accounts of at least one presidential campaign, as well as those of American journalists and current and former United States government officials, according to Microsoft.

In a report released on Friday, Microsoft said the hackers, with apparent backing from Iran’s government, made more than 2,700 attempts to identify the email accounts of current and former government officials, journalists covering political campaigns and accounts associated with one major presidential campaign.

Microsoft would not name the campaign.

The researchers said the hackers tried to attack 241 accounts and were successful in four cases, using fairly unsophisticated means. In those cases, the hackers appear to have used information available about their victims online to discover their passwords.

The disclosure is the latest evidence that adversaries are stealing a page from Russia’s interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.

In July, Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, told an audience at the Aspen Security Conference that Microsoft had evidence that Russian, Iranian and North Korean hackers have been the most active nations conducting cyberattacks.

Mr. Burt said Russian, Iranian and North Korean hackers had been targeting nongovernmental organizations and think tanks that work closely with U.S. political campaigns.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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Mitt Romney Calls Trump’s Ukraine Call, China Comments ‘Brazen And Unprecedented’

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While many in the GOP hem and haw their way around impeachment, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) isn’t holding back.

The former presidential candidate doubled down on his criticisms of President Donald Trump in a series of tweets Friday morning, calling Trump’s “brazen and unprecedented” calls for foreign meddling in the 2020 election “wrong and appalling.”

Romney was among the first Republicans to speak out on the allegations, which first appeared in a whistleblower report alleging that Trump ordered aid to Ukraine withheld unless the country delivered him a political favor.

On Thursday, while attempting to defend his actions, Trump instead openly asked another foreign government, China, to also influence the 2020 election. Hours later, CNN reported Trump had brought up the “political prospects” of former Vice President Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren while on a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.

“If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme” Romney said last week. “Critical for the facts to come out.”

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) echoed that sentiment last Wednesday after he read the complaint.

“This [is] going to take a long time but there’s obviously some very troubling things here,” Sasse told CNN at the time. “But I think the partisan tribalism that’s always insta-certain is a terrible idea. There are real troubling things here.”

“Republicans ought not just circle the wagons and Democrats ought not be using words like ‘impeach’ before they know anything about the actual substance,” Sasse continued.

Meanwhile, much of the rest of the Republican Party seems content parroting the same lines members used during the Mueller probe.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday baselessly accused Democrats of having “rigged” the process, while House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) retreated to conspiracy theories and blamed it on “a deep state scheme.”

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California Reforms College Admissions Following Bribery Scandal

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Friday requiring colleges to disclose whether they give preferential treatment in admissions to applicants related to donors or alumni.

The bill, authored by Assembly member Phil Ting (D), came in response to the college admissions scandal earlier this year, which revealed that dozens of wealthy people allegedly paid bribes to get their kids into elite universities, including the University of Southern California; the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University and more. 

In mid-September, actor Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT score boosted. She was the first parent to be sentenced in the college admissions scam.

Under the new law, which takes effect in January 2020, public and private four-year colleges in the state would be required to share with legislators whether they give “any manner of preferential treatment” to applicants related to donors or alumni ― a policy known as “legacy admissions” ― and if so, report how many students were admitted under those practices. 

(The University of California system told HuffPost in March that its policies forbid legacy admissions.) 

“The recent college admissions scandal highlights the need for fair and transparent admissions processes, and concern for what is referred to as ‘back door’ admissions for legacy and donor-related applicants who collectively do not reflect the diversity of the state,” the bill reads.

The scheme, which became known as Operation Varsity Blues, involved wealthy parents paying to falsely boost their children’s exam scores or have their children apply as student-athletes even if they had no skills in the relevant sport.

Huffman pleaded guilty in May to having paid $15,000 to fraudulently boost her daughter’s SAT score. “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty after being charged with paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into USC as recruits on the crew team, though they were not crew athletes. 

The scheme also included dozens of other parents and top universities around the country, including Georgetown and Yale.

Newsom signed two other bills Friday related to Operation Varsity Blues.

One, authored by Sharon Quirk-Silva (D), bans individuals found guilty in the college admissions scheme from taking tax deductions on donations they made to help secure their children enrollment at a particular college.

A second, introduced by Kevin McCarty (D), would prohibit state universities from making admissions exceptions for prospective students who fall short of a school’s academic requirements (such as athletes or other students with special talents) unless three administrators approve.

He also signed a package of bills to increase access to financial aid across California.

After news of the admissions scandal broke, many pointed out that higher education admissions are already rigged to favor wealthy and white students ― even before reaching the point of criminality ― whether in the form of donations to schools or extra tutors, essay coaches and interview prep professionals who help the elite get their kids into Ivy League schools.

Legacy status, in particular, tips the scales heavily in an applicant’s favor ― and disproportionately benefits white students. 

At Harvard University, for instance, legacy applicants were accepted at nearly five times the rate of non-legacies ― with legacy applicants accepted at a rate of nearly 34% from 2009 to 2015, versus a rate of 5.9% for non-legacies in the same period, per NPR. 

“This scandal is just the extreme, the illegal extreme, but it’s in a continuum with legacy admissions … with all these other thumbs on the scale that wealthy kids get that are legal,” Susan Dynarski, professor of economics, education and public policy at the University of Michigan, told HuffPost in March.

“If you look around a college campus and you’re thinking about who got in because of a thumb on the scale, it’s the rich white legacy kids,” she added.

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Florida woman drives car into tree after telling four kids to remove seat belts: ‘The devil can’t hurt you’

A Florida woman, who accused her husband of placing a “hex” on her, was arrested Wednesday for attempted murder after police say she told her four young children to remove their seat belts before she intentionally crashed her car into a tree — allegedly in a twisted bid to save them from the “devil.”

Calicia Williams, 36, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after investigators say she drove her white Pontiac minivan at a “high rate of speed” onto a grass median and directly into tree, without braking.

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Ocala Police responded to the 800 block of SE 31st on Tuesday over reports of single vehicle collision.

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Calicia Williams, 36, was charged with four counts of attempted murder after investigators say she drove her white Pontiac minivan at a “high rate of speed” onto a grass median and directly into tree, without breaking.  (Ocala Police Department )

Once on the scene, police found four young children, ages 7 to 13, inside the car wearing no seatbelts. Williams was said to be “making spontaneous utterances” and appeared to be “extremely agitated” when being interviewed by authorities.

According to a police affidavit, she stated that her “husband put a hex on her and caused her to crash.” The responding officer said she kept “rambling on about spells and voodoo.”

Witnesses also told investigators that Williams advised the children to take off their seatbelts before stretching out her hands and saying, “The devil can’t hurt you, he only hurts bad people. You have the light of Jesus in you and only Jesus can cure us.”

Investigators on the scene observed evidence that indicated that Williams did not attempt to brake before crashing into the tree. It also appeared that she directly targeted the passenger side of the vehicle on impact.

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Williams also had burns to her neck that indicated she was wearing a seat belt — unlike her children.

The children and suspect were taken to the hospital but their condition was unknown. Williams will be held without bond following treatment.

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Trump Name-Calls Mitt Romney For Criticizing Ukraine, China Comments

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While many in the GOP hem and haw their way around impeachment, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) isn’t holding back. 

The former presidential candidate doubled down on his criticisms of President Donald Trump in a series of tweets Friday morning, calling Trump’s “brazen and unprecedented” calls for foreign meddling in the 2020 election “wrong and appalling.”

Romney was among the first Republicans to speak out on the allegations, which first appeared in a whistleblower report alleging that Trump ordered aid to Ukraine withheld unless the country delivered him a political favor.

In response, Trump mocked Romney, referencing the senator’s failed 2012 presidential bid against incumbent President Barack Obama. 

“Mitt Romney never knew how to win. He is a pompous ‘ass’ who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him),” the president tweeted.

On Thursday, while attempting to defend his actions, Trump instead openly asked another foreign government, China, to also influence the 2020 election. Hours later, CNN reported Trump had brought up the “political prospects” of former Vice President Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren while on a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.

“If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme” Romney said last week. “Critical for the facts to come out.”

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) echoed that sentiment last Wednesday after he read the complaint.

“This [is] going to take a long time but there’s obviously some very troubling things here,” Sasse told CNN at the time. “But I think the partisan tribalism that’s always insta-certain is a terrible idea. There are real troubling things here.”

“Republicans ought not just circle the wagons and Democrats ought not be using words like ‘impeach’ before they know anything about the actual substance,” Sasse continued.

Meanwhile, much of the rest of the Republican Party seems content parroting the same lines members used during the Mueller probe.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday baselessly accused Democrats of having “rigged” the process, while House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) retreated to conspiracy theories and blamed it on “a deep state scheme.”

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Timothée Chalamet Just Wore The Sparkly Sweatshirt Of Our Middle School Dreams

Do you love loungewear but wish it had about 15,000 times more pizazz? Man, have we got the hoodie for you. Or, rather, Timothée Chalamet does.

The love of all our lives arrived at the London premiere of his new film, “The King,” on Thursday wearing a Louis Vuitton hooded sweatshirt that, according to Vogue, is embellished with 15,000 sequins and more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals.

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Meet “The King” of loungewear. 

According to Virgil Alboh, men’s artistic director for Vuitton, the haute couture hoodie was dreamed up in text messages with the stylish star. “Texts with [Chalamet] about red carpet looks turn into rare Louis Vuitton hoodies from the men’s atelier real quick,” Alboh wrote on Instagram.

Real quick is a bit of an overstatement: The sweatshirt apparently took more than 30 hours to complete.

Chalamet has donned sparkle in unexpected ways before. Who could forget the Louis Vuitton harness the actor wore to the Golden Globes last year?

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Timmy is no stranger to sparkle. Remember this look at the 2018 Golden Globes?

Lest his elevated loungewear and iconic silver suit moment fool you, Chalamet is still a king of the people. Just a few days ago, he hand-delivered bagels to fans who had waited for hours hoping to catch a glimpse of him on the red carpet in New York City.

Never lose your sparkle, Timmy.

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Supreme Court to Weigh Fight Over Pipeline Across Appalachian Trail

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The federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled in December that the U.S. Forest Service has no power to authorize the crossing of the popular trail and had “abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources” when it approved the pipeline crossing the George Washington and Monongahela National Forests, as well as a right-of-way across the Appalachian Trial.

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FAFSA, Social Security and four other key money deadlines this fall

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With a rapidly growing aging population, securing Social Security funds is now more crucial than ever. But how did we get here in the first place? Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

Along with back-to-school nights, colorful foliage and Halloween, fall also brings several critical dates Americans should note to mind their money.

From the first day you can apply for college financial aid to the deadline for submitting a delayed tax return, here are some key dates to mark on your financial calendar to plan your budget and nail down your benefits.    

OCT. 1

FAFSA: Families looking for financial assistance to help with their children’s college costs next fall can fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) starting this month. The form is a critical reference point used to determine a student’s financial need and can open the spigot for not only national loans and grants but aid from states, private entities and the colleges themselves.  

The deadline is June 30, 2021, but many schools and states that rely on the FAFSA make their aid decisions much sooner. High school counselors or college financial aid officers can help sort through the deadlines.

OCT. 10 

Social Security:  On Oct. 10, the Social Security Administration will inform millions of seniors and other benefit recipients what cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) they can expect next year.

The automatic annual upticks started in 1975 and are linked to the Consumer Price Index to ensure that the spending power of Social Security benefits doesn’t shrink because of inflation. A raise isn’t certain, but there is typically an increase. Last year, the adjustment was 2.8%.

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OCT. 15 

Tax extension:  Taxpayers who sought an extension for filing their most recent tax return have until Oct. 15 to submit that information.

Medicare: Open enrollment for Medicare, the federal health insurance program for Americans who are at least 65 years old as well as younger people who have a disability, begins its open enrollment period in mid-October. It extends through Dec. 7.

NOV. 1 

Affordable Care Act: In parts of the country where people access the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace through healthcare.gov, open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and goes through Dec. 15.  States that operate their own marketplaces may have their own timetables. 

DATE VARIES  

Employer Health Care Plans:  For companies whose health plans start in January, open enrollment starts in the fall, lasting a few weeks sometime between October and December. But many businesses have health plans that go into effect later in the year.

For instance, a 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that plans at 10% of companies kicked off in April and 11% had plans that started in December. That was compared to 37% of firms whose annual plans began in January.

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Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, Internal Revenue Service, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, USA TODAY research

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Diahann Carroll, pioneering actress known for ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty,’ dead at 84

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Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia,” has died. She was 84.

Carroll’s daughter, Susan Kay, told The Associated Press her mother died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer.

During her long career, Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical “No Strings” and an Academy Award nomination for “Claudine.”

But she was perhaps best known for her pioneering work on “Julia.” Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam, in the groundbreaking situation comedy that aired from 1968 to 1971.

Although she was not the first black woman to star in her own TV show (Ethel Waters played a maid in the 1950s series “Beulah”), she was the first to star as someone other than a servant.

NBC executives were wary about putting “Julia” on the network during the racial unrest of the 1960s, but it was an immediate hit.

It had its critics, though, including some who said Carroll’s character, who is the mother of a young son, was not a realistic portrayal of a black American woman in the 1960s.

“They said it was a fantasy,” Carroll recalled in 1998. “All of this was untrue. Much about the character of Julia I took from my own life, my family.”

Not shy when it came to confronting racial barriers, Carroll won her Tony portraying a high-fashion American model in Paris who has a love affair with a white American author in the 1959 Richard Rodgers musical “No Strings.” Critic Walter Kerr described her as “a girl with a sweet smile, brilliant dark eyes and a profile regal enough to belong on a coin.”

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Justin Bieber, PETA in cat fight: ‘PETA can suck it’

“Baby, baby, baby, nooooooo,” said PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange about Justin Bieber spending $35,000 on two part-exotic kittens, Sushi and Tuna.

The singer, 25, reportedly spent $20,000 on one kitten (Sushi) and $15,000 on the other (Tuna).

Sushi and Tuna are part-domestic cat and part-African Serval and were purchased from the Illinois-based breeder Select Exotics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Having learned this, PETA expressed their disappointment to People.

“Justin Bieber could inspire his fans around the world to save a life by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter — rather than fueling the dangerous demand for hybrid cats, contributing to the animal overpopulation crisis, and proving that when it comes to helping animals, his stance so far is ‘I don’t care,'” said Lange.

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(Courtesy of @justinbieber via Instagram )

Bieber took his anger to Instagram, saying “PETA can suck it” on his Instagram story of a screenshot of People’s article about PETA’s opinion on Bieber’s cats.

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“PETA go focus on real problems. Like poaching, and animal brutality. Ur tripping because I want a specific kind of cat? U weren’t tripping when I got my dog Oscar and he wasn’t a rescue…every pet we get must be a rescue? I believe in adopting rescues but I also think there are preferences and that’s what breeders are for,” the “U Smile” singer proceeded to write on his Instagram story.

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“PETA go help with all of the plastic in the ocean, and leave my beautiful cats alone,” tagging the Instagram account dedicated to his cats.

The two feline Bieber family members have their own Instagram account, which has over 259,000 followers and documents the adorable kittens’ daily adventures.

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Bieber just recently married model Hailey Baldwin, 22, in a private ceremony in South Carolina.

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The couple has been on and off for years and were officially reconfirmed dating in June 2018 and engaged in July 2018. The power couple officially wed in New York in Sept. 2018 and celebrated their nuptials on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

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