web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Media (Page 209)

Nnamdi Asomugha, former NFL All-Pro defensive back, stars in Broadway play

Westlake Legal Group Nnamdi-Asomugha-Getty Nnamdi Asomugha, former NFL All-Pro defensive back, stars in Broadway play Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers fox-news/sports/nfl/philadelphia-eagles fox-news/sports/nfl/oakland-raiders fox-news/sports/nfl fox news fnc/sports fnc b3a4599a-6231-5a59-9dc8-3f914fe3f651 article

Former All-Pro defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha has traded in his jersey for some costumes.

Asomugha, who has been out of the NFL since 2013, is set to star in a Broadway play with Jerry O’Connell, Blair Underwood and David Alan Grier, according to TMZ Sports. The name of the show is “A Soldier’s Play.”

PATRICK MAHOMES ON WHAT HE LEARNED FROM WATCHING MLB STARS WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER

He plays the role of Class Melvin Peterson, which was originally portrayed by Denzel Washington when the play hit Broadway in 1981.

Asomugha is not a first-time actor. He has 11 acting credits since 2008, according to IMDB.

EX-NFL STAR KENNY BRITT ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN NEW JERSEY

He has appeared in episodes of “The Game,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Leverage,” “Cubed” and “Kroll Show.” He also appeared in “Fire with Fire,” “Internet Cops with Nnamdi Asomugha,” “Double Negative,” “Hello, My Name is Doris,” “Crown Heights,” and “Sylvie’s Love.”

Asomugha played 11 seasons in the NFL from 2003 to 2013. He played with the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. He earned two All-Pro and three Pro Bowl selections.

He is also married to “Scandal” star Kerry Washington. They have two kids together.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM

“A Soldier’s Play,” which was originally written by Charles Fuller, is being shown at the American Airlines Theatre.

Westlake Legal Group Nnamdi-Asomugha-Getty Nnamdi Asomugha, former NFL All-Pro defensive back, stars in Broadway play Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers fox-news/sports/nfl/philadelphia-eagles fox-news/sports/nfl/oakland-raiders fox-news/sports/nfl fox news fnc/sports fnc b3a4599a-6231-5a59-9dc8-3f914fe3f651 article   Westlake Legal Group Nnamdi-Asomugha-Getty Nnamdi Asomugha, former NFL All-Pro defensive back, stars in Broadway play Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers fox-news/sports/nfl/philadelphia-eagles fox-news/sports/nfl/oakland-raiders fox-news/sports/nfl fox news fnc/sports fnc b3a4599a-6231-5a59-9dc8-3f914fe3f651 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Who was the ‘Parasite’ translator at the 2020 Oscars?

Westlake Legal Group Parasite1 Who was the 'Parasite' translator at the 2020 Oscars? Tyler McCarthy fox-news/entertainment/movies fox-news/entertainment/events/oscars fox-news/entertainment/celebrity-news fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 07037dbf-ee65-5db1-b601-71b52e695fc6

Parasite” made history and won big at the 92nd annual Academy Awards, but many noted that the director and cast’s translator was the real MVP of the night.

Sharon Choi, 25, took the stage with the cast of the film and director Bong Joon-ho several times throughout the 2020 Oscars broadcast to help translate. She’s been the go-to translator for Bong throughout the entirety of the 2020 awards season to help convey the Korean director’s thoughts to the audience.

OSCARS 2020: COMPLETE WINNERS LIST

Choi received praise on social media from people who noticed that she did a seamless job translating for the director and cast of the world’s first foreign-language Oscar winner for best picture. Bong Joon-ho didn’t always make the task easy on her. For example, while giving a shoutout to the other directors in his category, Choi was forced to translate the line: “If the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the Oscar trophy into five, and share it with all of you.”

Although she did an admirable job at translation, Choi’s main vocation is not that of a translator.

‘PARASITE’ AMONG THE NEW OSCARS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD-HOLDERS

“You already know she’s a filmmaker,” Bong said backstage at the Oscars (via Variety). “And she studied film in the university. Yeah, so I’m so curious about her script. Actually, she’s writing some feature-length script, I’m so curious about it.”

In addition to now having the ear of the filmmaking industry’s top director, Choi’s time translating for the best picture winner has earned her fans, according to the director. Speaking on the red carpet with E! News, Bong Joon-ho noted, “I know she has a huge fandom.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The acclaimed director’s comments echo those he made to The Hollywood Reporter backstage at the Golden Globes, where he once again made sure to publicly note that Choi is a filmmaker herself before complimenting her role in the “Parasite” press tour.

“She’s perfect, and we all depend on her,” Bong said in English.

Westlake Legal Group Parasite1 Who was the 'Parasite' translator at the 2020 Oscars? Tyler McCarthy fox-news/entertainment/movies fox-news/entertainment/events/oscars fox-news/entertainment/celebrity-news fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 07037dbf-ee65-5db1-b601-71b52e695fc6   Westlake Legal Group Parasite1 Who was the 'Parasite' translator at the 2020 Oscars? Tyler McCarthy fox-news/entertainment/movies fox-news/entertainment/events/oscars fox-news/entertainment/celebrity-news fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 07037dbf-ee65-5db1-b601-71b52e695fc6

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Maldives officers apologize to tourist detained for ‘indecent’ bikini after arrest video goes viral

The Maldives Police Service has issued an apology for how its officers handled a British tourist arrested for “indecent exposure” at a public beach after video of the incident was shared on social media. The woman in the video accused the officers of “sexually assaulting” her during the arrest.

TOURIST FINED FOR WEARING ‘EROTIC AND LEWD’ STRING BIKINI TO BEACH

Cecilia Jastrzembska, who has appeared reportedly on reality show “First Dates” and game show “Ninja Warrior UK,” was vacationing on Maafushi island Thursday when she was arrested by three officers for wearing a bikini. According to a press release from the police service, others on the beach complained about the woman being “inappropriately clad.”

Warning: Video contains graphic language.

The video shows Jastrzembska resisting arrest while three officers attempt to handcuff her arms behind her back. Another man is seen offering a sarong to cover the woman.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“You are sexually assaulting me,” she is heard repeatedly screaming at the officers while she struggles against them.

According to the press release, the three officers allegedly approached Jastrzembska and requested “her to comply with the local regulations,” but she refused and was then detained, authorities claim.

However, since the video was circulated widely on social media, the officers received backlash for how they treated Jastrzembska, who was alleged to have been inebriated at the time.

“I apologize to the tourist & the public for this. The challenge I have taken up is to professionalize the police service & we are working on that,” Commissioner Mohamed Hameed wrote on Twitter.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER

In the statement shared on Twitter, authorities begin by saying “tourists, on local islands are requested to respect the community’s cultural sensitives and local regulations by restricting the wearing of swimwear to certain areas of the island,” before apologizing for the “regretful manner in which this incident took place.”

The police service is reportedly launching a full investigation into the incident to ensure that “disproportionate measures” are not repeated.

Jastrzembska was released later that day without charges.

Westlake Legal Group Woman-Red-Bikini Maldives officers apologize to tourist detained for 'indecent' bikini after arrest video goes viral fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/travel/general/travel-tips fox news fnc/travel fnc article Alexandra Deabler 9b36b252-6382-55ab-bb82-06334de1d3bf

The police service is reportedly launching a full investigation into the incident to prevent “disproportionate measures” are not repeated. (iStock)

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS

The Maldives is an Islamic nation in the Indian Ocean. Though popular with tourists for its beaches, visitors are asked to dress modestly outside of resorts “as a sign of respect to the community.” On the island of Maafushi, only private tourist beaches allow bikinis. Maldivian law does not permit the swimwear on other beaches.

Westlake Legal Group Woman-Red-Bikini Maldives officers apologize to tourist detained for 'indecent' bikini after arrest video goes viral fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/travel/general/travel-tips fox news fnc/travel fnc article Alexandra Deabler 9b36b252-6382-55ab-bb82-06334de1d3bf   Westlake Legal Group Woman-Red-Bikini Maldives officers apologize to tourist detained for 'indecent' bikini after arrest video goes viral fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/travel/general/travel-tips fox news fnc/travel fnc article Alexandra Deabler 9b36b252-6382-55ab-bb82-06334de1d3bf

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Over 100 U.S. Troops Now Diagnosed With Traumatic Brain Injuries From Iran Attack

Westlake Legal Group 5e418f35210000310016dc83 Over 100 U.S. Troops Now Diagnosed With Traumatic Brain Injuries From Iran Attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ― The U.S. military is preparing to report a more than 50% jump in cases of traumatic brain injury stemming from Iran’s missile attack on a base in Iraq last month, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement, said there were over 100 cases of TBI, up from the 64 previously reported last month.

The Pentagon declined to comment, but in the past had said to expect an increase in numbers in the weeks after the attack because symptoms can take time to manifest and troops can sometimes take longer to report them.

No U.S. troops were killed or faced immediate bodily injury when Iran fired missiles at the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq in retaliation for the U.S. killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad airport on Jan. 3.

The missile attacks capped a spiral of violence that had started in late December. Both sides have refrained from further military escalation, but the mounting number of U.S. casualties could increase pressure on the Trump administration to respond, perhaps non-militarily.

Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that the service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries had been diagnosed with mild cases. He added the diagnosis could change as time went on.

Symptoms of concussive injuries include headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and nausea.

Pentagon officials have repeatedly said there has been no effort to minimize or delay information on concussive injuries. But the disclosures following Tehran’s attack has renewed questions over the U.S. military’s policy regarding how it internally reports suspected brain injuries and whether they are treated publicly with the same urgency as loss of limb or life.

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to play down the brain injuries last month, saying he “heard that they had headaches and a couple of other things” following the attack, prompting criticism from lawmakers and a U.S. veterans group.

Various health and medical groups for years have been trying to raise awareness about the seriousness of brain injuries, including concussions.

Since 2000, about 408,000 service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, according to Pentagon data.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, Editing by Franklin Paul and Dan Grebler)

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Everything you need to know

Westlake Legal Group 7241aba8-a934-4f7b-8b3a-65d4daacacdb-corona-virus-promo_art-01 Everything you need to know

The spread of China’s coronavirus, which has infected tens of thousands of people across dozens of countries, may have started with something simple – a person buying food for dinner at an outdoor market.

The potency and movement of the virus has rallied the international cooperation of various agencies and governments. On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak to be a “public health emergency of international concern,” followed a day later by the United States’ own declaration.

Seventeen years after SARS, the global community is more tightly connected and interdependent. At stake is not only the health of thousands of people but also significant parts of the world economy, including trade, manufacturing, travel and tourism.

Researchers say Chinese leaders are sharing their findings with the international scientific community, a contrast to the way they handled the 2003 outbreak of SARS. Last time, the government withheld information and received world criticism. 

Over the weekend, the outbreak surpassed the death toll from SARS as 910 people have died, including one American, since the virus’s spread began late last year.

At the same time, the outbreak has put a spotlight on censorship and free speech in China, where the death of a whistleblower doctor who was punished for trying to warn about the coronavirus has triggered a national backlash.

What is the Wuhan coronavirus?

The infection numbers are startling: Since Jan. 20, cases worldwide have surged to 40,645 across 28 countries, according to Johns Hopkins. The death toll stands at 910 as of Monday morning. There have been 12 cases in the U.S., and one U.S. citizen diagnosed with the coronavirus has died in Wuhan

This coronavirus doesn’t have an official name yet. The current designation is 2019-nCoV, with 2019 for year of discovery, n for novel (meaning new) and CoV for coronavirus.

Get your flu shot: Coronavirus is scary, but the flu is deadlier, more widespread

How does coronavirus compare to SARS, MERS and the common flu?

Outbreaks like this have happened before, most notably with SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2015. While the new coronavirus has infected and killed more people than those outbreaks, its mortality rate is lower.

SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, is commonly used as a reference in coronavirus coverage, since both originated in China and share characteristics. In all, 8,098 SARS cases were recorded, with a death toll of 774. That’s a fatality rate of 9.6%.

MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, originated in Saudi Arabia and resulted in 2,499 cases and 861 deaths, giving it a higher fatality rate of 34.5%.

With current numbers, the fatality rate for 2019-nCoV appears to be less than these other outbreaks, but the WHO has said it is still too early to say definitively the fatality rate.

This is because health officials don’t actually know how many cases there, said Lauren Gardner, a Johns Hopkins professor who has been mapping the outbreak. The reported numbers are biased by cases that require medical treatment, and there are likely many more cases that are mild and not reported as they don’t require treatment, she said.

Most coronavirus cases reported to date “have been milder, with about 20% of those infected experiencing severe illness,” the WHO said.

This is incomparable to this season’s influenza impact. Based on its weekly influenza report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there have been more than 19 million cases of flu, 180,000 hospitalizations and 10,000 deaths – including 68 children – in the U.S. this influenza season.

“Everybody is being cautious because we’re still learning about it, but right now you’re sitting in the midst of an influenza seasonal busy-ness,” said Dr. David Hooper, chief of the Infection Control Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“The risk is much higher for influenza for people in the U.S. than this new coronavirus.”

If coronavirus outbreak happens here: US learned from Ebola but is ‘nowhere near as prepared’ as needed

Is the virus just a problem for China? Are people quarantined?

The WHO classified 2019-nCoV as a global health emergency, reversing an early decision not to declare an emergency.

China has seen the greatest number of cases, with 40,196 confirmed cases as of Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins.

As infection numbers rise, China has ordered residents in nearly a dozen cities to stay where they are. An estimated 56 million people in the country are affected by lockdowns.

Wuhan has been hardest hit. Airports and railway stations are closed and public transportation halted. Private vehicles are banned. Residents wear face masks to protect against infection. While a new, 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital was constructed in 10 days, there are shortages of medicine, protective masks and other supplies.

The virus is widespread across multiple countries beyond China, from Thailand to Australia to France. The first death outside China was recorded in the Philippines. 

In the U.S., at least 12 people are known to be infected. Health officials last week reported the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of the virus – the husband of a Chicago woman who recently came down with the illness after visiting China. The couple was discharged from the hospital Friday.

A 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with the coronavirus died in Wuhan on Wednesday in what appears to be the first American fatality from the global virus outbreak, the U.S. embassy in Beijing reports.

Coronavirus explained: Why tracking the deadly disease is a huge challenge

Coronavirus has spread from Wuhan, China, to countries across the world. But how do you know you have it? Here are some signs to watch out for.

Just the FAQs

Tips: How to stay healthy on a plane as coronavirus, flu, colds raise travel concerns

Meanwhile, the U.S. government has evacuated more than 800 Americans from central China to California on five chartered flights in recent weeks.

The first flight carried 195 American diplomats and some citizens at the end of January. For the first time in a half-century, U.S. health officials issued a federal quarantine order, compelling all evacuees to remain at an air base in California for 14 days. 

Subsequent flights have carried Americans to air force bases in California, Texas and Nebraska.

Other nations are also evacuating citizens and closely screening travelers returning home from abroad.

Delta and American temporarily canceled all of their China flights in response to the coronavirus outbreak, becoming the first domestic carriers to make the move.

On Jan. 30, the U.S. State Department elevated its China travel advisory to level 4, recommending that Americans do not travel there.

When did the outbreak start? Where did coronavirus come from?

According to Chinese officials, 2019-nCoV first appeared Dec. 12 about 700 miles south of Beijing in Wuhan, a city with more people than New York and Chicago combined. Health officials say the outbreak originated at the Huanan Seafood Market.

Huanan Seafood, closed by officials on Jan. 1, was a wet market, one of a series of outdoor stalls selling fish and meat, some of it from wildlife. They are called wet markets because sellers slaughter and cut up animals and fish while customers wait.

The market is suspected because coronaviruses transmit zoonotic diseases, meaning they are transferred from infected animals to humans.

Researchers theorize that someone bought contaminated meat at the market, ate it, got sick and infected others, creating a ripple effect around the world. Bloomberg reported a 61-year-old man, a regular customer of the Huanan market, was the first to die from the virus.

Coronavirus name: The coronavirus has nothing to do with Corona beer

Not everyone believes the market theory. A Jan. 24 study by the British medical journal The Lancet suggests the outbreak started earlier than December and casts doubt on the market connection.

Pat Lord, teaching professor in the department of biology at Wake Forest University, said this particular outbreak probably came from a virus that originated in bats and another animal and then transformed to be able to infect human. Health experts have confirmed human-to-human transmission in a number of countries.

The virus may have transferred to humans through pangolins, researchers at South China Agricultural University said Friday.

The research team tested more than 1,000 samples from wild animals and a found a 99% match between the genome sequences of viruses found in pangolins – a scaly, heavily trafficked mammal – and those in human patients, the AFP reported, citing Chinese state media.

Similarly, SARS originated from a fruit bat that was transmitted to civet cats and then eaten as a delicacy in China, Lord said. 

“Bats seem to be a reservoir for quite a few viruses, like the rabies, Ebola or the Marburg virus,” she said.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Experts are unsure of whether the virus is able to transmit before symptoms appear or after. If it worsens, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure or even death.

The virus can be spread from animals to people. But it also can be spread by coughing, sneezing and through close contact with an infected person or an object carrying the virus. Experts are still figuring out how long an infected person is contagious as they try to determine a point of transmission.

The coronavirus when viewed microscopically has spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a crown.

Coronaviruses are named after their appearance, round with a series of spikes made of proteins, resulting in a crown-like look. They’re one of many viruses that cause colds and flu.

A new, evolved version, such as 2019-nCov, can cause more serious illnesses, some of which can be deadly to older people or those with weakened immune systems.

Coronavirus misinformation: Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter scramble to contain it

Fact check: Bogus coronavirus conspiracy theory about patents, vaccine spreads on social media

Coronaviruses are found in a variety of animals. If passed from animal to human, the virus can change and infect other humans, who can spread the infection to others, according to the CDC.

Lord said that bats’ evolution has made them become carriers of these diseases without actually getting sick. She thinks they pass around these viruses to each other because they live in such large colonies in relatively small quarters. 

Humans are partly to blame for outbreaks as development encroaches on bats’ natural habitats, Lord said. Taking care of the environment to contain bats and keeping live markets clean are two ways humans can work to prevent outbreaks.

“The health of environment, the health of animals and the health of humans are all related,” she said. “We have to think about the whole big picture, we have to protect everything.” 

Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus?

There are no drugs or vaccines for coronaviruses yet, including 2019-nCov. Doctors can only treat the symptoms they cause.

However, scientists at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia, say they were able to successfully grow the Wuhan coronavirus in cell culture outside of China for the first time ever.

Dr. Mike Catton, deputy director of the Doherty Institute, said in a statement the breakthrough provides crucial information “to assist in the assessment of effectiveness of trial vaccines.”

According to the South China Morning Post, China might already have a vaccine developed but needs more time to test it. Hong Kong University professor Yuen Kwok-yung told the paper it will take months to test the vaccine on animals and at least another year to conduct clinical trials on humans.

Who is most at risk of getting coronavirus?

Chinese scientists have decoded the 2019-nCoV DNA and made it public. Researchers are analyzing the data in hope of finding a vaccine.

Hooper said that experts are still learning about the virus and information remains limited.

However, he points to elderly and people who are sick with other conditions as a demographic who are over-represented in the coronavirus death toll.

“For those who do have the disease, it seems like the elderly and people with comorbid conditions are more likely to have serious illness,” he said.

Hooper said it’s unknown if women infected with the virus can have complications while pregnant, like the Zika virus, which causes microcephaly and other fetal brain defects.

How can you prevent catching the coronavirus?

As there’s no available vaccine, the CDC recommends taking preventative measures to decrease the likelihood of infection:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching the face with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, and throw the tissue away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

How do doctors treat the coronavirus?

There’s no specific treatment for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses but the CDC recommends taking pain and fever medications, drinking plenty of liquids and staying home to rest.

SOURCE USA TODAY reporting; Johns Hopkins University; World Health Organization; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Food and Drug Administration; Associated Press; Reuters; sciencenews.org

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking

Westlake Legal Group 10dc-cyber-facebookJumbo U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking Justice Department Industrial Espionage Identity theft Equifax Inc Defense and Military Forces Cyberattacks and Hackers China Barr, William P

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced charges on Monday against four members of China’s military on suspicion of hacking into Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, in 2017 and stealing trade secrets and the personal data of about 145 million Americans.

“This was a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people,” Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement.

The charges underscored China’s quest to obtain the personal data of Americans — which Beijing can use to propel advances in artificial intelligence and espionage — and its willingness to flout a 2015 agreement with the United States to refrain from hacking and cyberattacks, all in an effort to expand economic power and influence.

Though not as large as other major breaches, the attack on Atlanta-based Equifax was far more severe. Hackers stole names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of millions of Americans — data that can be used to access information like medical histories and bank accounts.

“This kind of attack on American industry is of a piece with other Chinese illegal acquisitions of sensitive personal data,” Mr. Barr said in announcing the charges on Monday at the Justice Department, citing China’s theft of records in recent years from the government’s Office of Personnel Management, Marriott International and the insurance company Anthem.

The indictment suggests the hack was part of a series of major thefts organized by the People’s Liberation Army and Chinese intelligence agencies. Mr. Barr said that China can use caches of personal information to better target American intelligence officers and other officials.

The biggest of those breaches was the theft in 2015 of roughly 22 million security clearance files from the government personnel office, which keeps track of federal employees and contractors.

It quickly became clear that that data was of significant value to the Chinese government: American officials with security clearances, including some of the most senior members of the government, had to reveal foreign contacts, relationships including extramarital affairs, their health history and information about their children and other family members.

The breach was so severe that the C.I.A. had to cancel assignments for undercover officers planning to go to China; even though the C.I.A. did not submit its employees’ information to the personnel office, those officials were often undercover as State Department or other American officials.

Then it got worse. Hacks into Anthem’s database and Starwood hotels — later taken over by Marriott — appeared to be orchestrated by the same or related Chinese groups. The United States assessed that China was building a vast database of who worked with whom in national security jobs, where they traveled, and what their health histories were, according to American officials.

The information stolen from Equifax would reveal whether any of those officials are also under financial stress, and thus susceptible to bribery or blackmail.

The charges against members of the Chinese military were unusual, Mr. Barr said. The Justice Department rarely secures indictments against members of foreign militaries or intelligence services, in part to avoid retaliation against American troops and spies, but Mr. Barr said it has made exceptions for state-sponsored actors who hacked into American networks to steal intellectual property or interfere in United States elections.

“This is how we will drive international norms — by indicting people, not solely by negotiating treaties and adopting conventions,” said Megan Brown, the leader of the cyber and privacy practice at the law firm Wiley Rein.

The nine-count indictment accused the Chinese military of hacking into the company’s computer networks, maintaining unauthorized access to them and stealing sensitive, personally identifiable information about Americans.

Months before the attack, the government warned Equifax that its network contained a vulnerability, but the company did not patch it, according to government documents.

The defendants — Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Lui Le, all members of the People’s Liberation Army — exploited that weakness in May 2017 to break into the network and conduct weeks of surveillance and steal Equifax employee login credentials before filching the trade secrets and data. They masked their activity by using encrypted communications and routing their internet traffic through 34 servers in nearly 20 countries, including Switzerland and Singapore, according to prosecutors.

For the most part, they managed to erase their tracks inside of the Equifax network. But investigators eventually traced their activity back to two China-based servers that connected directly to Equifax.

In the months after Equifax was hacked, security researchers concluded that criminals, not state actors, had siphoned information over a few months after gaining access to the network. That alone was enough to force the resignation of the company’s chief executive.

But that explanation appeared increasingly suspect over time because the Equifax data — like the information gleaned from the Office of Personnel Management — did not appear broadly for sale on the so-called dark web, where illicitly obtained information is often sold for use in cybercrime.

Law enforcement officials have not yet found evidence that the Chinese government has used the data from the Equifax hacking, David Bowdich, the deputy director of the F.B.I., said at the news conference.

China has “pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation,” Christopher A. Wray, the director of the F.B.I., said last week at a conference on the threats posed by China.

Mr. Wray said that China is racing to obtain information about sectors as diverse as agriculture and medicine to advance its economy, using a mix of legal means like company acquisitions and illicit acts like spying and cyberattacks.

“They’ve shown that they’re willing to steal their way up the economic ladder at our expense,” Mr. Wray said.

David E. Sanger contributed reporting.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Coronavirus cases in UK double after country sees 4 more cases

Westlake Legal Group image Coronavirus cases in UK double after country sees 4 more cases Madeline Farber fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/health/infectious-disease/coronavirus fox news fnc/health fnc article 15ed9bdf-0088-570a-aa23-e3e08ecf757f

The United Kingdom saw its number of confirmed coronavirus cases double over the weekend after four more people were diagnosed with the pneumonia-like illness. To date, there are eight cases of the novel virus in the country.

“The new cases are all known contacts of a previously confirmed UK case, and the virus was passed on in France,” Professor Chris Whitty, the Department of Health’s chief medical officer for England, said in a statement on Monday.

TEXAS SHERIFF SAYS INMATE’S CORONAVIRUS CLAIMS ARE ‘PRETTY UNREALISTIC’ 

The new cases are linked to a British man who contracted the virus while in Singapore on business. He then traveled to a ski resort in France, exposing others to the illness. He is currently being treated at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, the BBC reported. 

“The patients have been transferred to specialist NHS [centers] at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and The Royal Free hospitals, and we are now using robust infection control measures to prevent further spread of the virus. The NHS is extremely well prepared to manage these cases and treat them, and we are working quickly to identify any further contacts these patients have had,” Whitty added.

9 FAMILY MEMBERS INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS AFTER SHARING HOT POT MEAL

U.K. government officials also on Monday declared the coronavirus outbreak a “serious and imminent threat to public health.”

“In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus,” the government said in a statement, adding Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, are “isolation facilities.”

Westlake Legal Group image Coronavirus cases in UK double after country sees 4 more cases Madeline Farber fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/health/infectious-disease/coronavirus fox news fnc/health fnc article 15ed9bdf-0088-570a-aa23-e3e08ecf757f   Westlake Legal Group image Coronavirus cases in UK double after country sees 4 more cases Madeline Farber fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/health/infectious-disease/coronavirus fox news fnc/health fnc article 15ed9bdf-0088-570a-aa23-e3e08ecf757f

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Swedish woman swept out to sea by wave in Hawaii, Coast Guard suspends search

Authorities in Hawaii suspended the search late Sunday for a 20-year-old woman from Sweden who was swept into the ocean by a wave over the weekend.

The U.S. Coast Guard 14th District said in a news release the active search for Hanna Wänerskog was suspended at 11 p.m., and that the Honolulu Fire Department is taking the lead in an attempt to locate and recover the 20-year-old.

“This incident is tragic and unfortunate,” Lt. Cmdr. Brock Blaisdell of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu said in a statement. “The decision to suspend an active search is always a difficult one.”

OREGON FLOODING LEADS TO DOZENS OF RESCUES, BODY OF WOMAN ‘SWEPT AWAY BY RUSHING WATER’ DISCOVERED

Wänerskog was last seen at Waimea Bay on the north shore of the island of O’ahu around 6:30 p.m. treading water. Fire officials told KHON2 they received a swimmer in distress call shortly before 7 p.m., and the Coast Guard was called in to assist by 7:30 p.m.

A surveillance camera captured the moment that Wänerskog was standing on the beach with two other people when all three were overcome by a wave and swept out.

Westlake Legal Group MH-65-Dolphin-coast-guard-hawaii-rescue Swedish woman swept out to sea by wave in Hawaii, Coast Guard suspends search Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/west/hawaii fox-news/us/military/coast-guard fox-news/us/disasters fox news fnc/us fnc d85ae420-8cd3-5609-956a-986d21d6059e article

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was a part of the three-day search for missing 20-year-old Swedish national Hanna Wänerskog. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo)

“She was at the beach here, close to the rocks, in about ankle-deep water when a swell came in and knocked her and her friends over, unfortunately, she was swept out,” Sr. Chief Petty Officer Jason Bryant of the U.S. Coast Guard told KHON2. “She was last seen attempting to swim back in but then a wave overcame her and that was the time she was last seen.”

At the time she was swept out to sea, Wänerskog was fully clothed, wearing black shorts and a black skirt.

FLASH FLOOD, ‘EXCESSIVE RAINFALL’ RISK ACROSS SOUTH DUE TO WIDESPREAD RAIN THROUGH MIDWEEK, FORECASTERS SAY

Since Friday, Coast Guard helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and cutters along with helicopters from the U.S Navy conducted 40 searches encompassing over 485 square miles in an attempt to locate Wänerskog.

The Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department, and Ocean Safety also utilized helicopters, jets skis and ground teams in the three-day search for Wänerskog before efforts were suspended late Sunday. Searchers had difficulty over the weekend with high surf and strong winds out of the north.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE WEATHER COVERAGE FROM FOX NEWS 

“It is a decision based on survivability factors and time always works against us,” Blaisdell said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Wänerskog family and Hanna’s friends. “

Wänerskog was reportedly at the beach area with friends she met during the first weeks of a three-month internship with a nonprofit called Surfing the Nations. Logan Jacobs, a leadership team member with the organization, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser she came to Hawaii to serve “the youth at risk and homeless.”

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6131243946001_6131248538001-vs Swedish woman swept out to sea by wave in Hawaii, Coast Guard suspends search Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/west/hawaii fox-news/us/military/coast-guard fox-news/us/disasters fox news fnc/us fnc d85ae420-8cd3-5609-956a-986d21d6059e article   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6131243946001_6131248538001-vs Swedish woman swept out to sea by wave in Hawaii, Coast Guard suspends search Travis Fedschun fox-news/world/disasters/disaster-response fox-news/weather fox-news/us/us-regions/west/hawaii fox-news/us/military/coast-guard fox-news/us/disasters fox news fnc/us fnc d85ae420-8cd3-5609-956a-986d21d6059e article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Nazi flag seen hanging in classroom window at Maryland public high school

Westlake Legal Group gtjhs-ge Nazi flag seen hanging in classroom window at Maryland public high school fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/maryland fox-news/us/education/high-school fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 8e5ea580-d8ff-59d7-8f18-f518cd264400

A Maryland public high school launched an investigation Monday after photos of a Nazi flag hanging in a classroom window went viral over the weekend.

ARIZONA CEO FIRED AFTER VIRAL VIDEO SHOWS HIM ALLEGEDLY USING RACIAL SLUR AGAINST UBER DRIVER

Several people visiting Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, located in central Maryland about 50 miles from both Baltimore and Washington D.C., said they saw the flag in the classroom window while on campus for a school basketball game Friday night. Photos of the flag then began to circulate on social media.

Facebook user Nicole Hopkins originally posted the photo of the flag in the classroom window. Her post was then shared by another user, according to Frederick News Post, which then received nearly 400 shares and more than 700 comments as of Monday.

“I just want to know what class at Governor Thomas Johnson High School has this hanging in the window,” Hopkins initially wrote, sharing the photo of the Nazi flag in the window.

“Edit: Yes. I’m aware this is probably a history class. Yes I know the significance behind teaching it.. my issue is it being in a window for the whole world to see. There’s several other flags hanging in the class that could swap places with this IF it needed to be on display,” she later added in an update.

Frederick County Board of Education President Brad Young told WFMD that he was emailed an image of the flag around 8 p.m. Friday night and ordered the flag it taken down.

The Nazi flag seen in the photo was used in a World War II history class and left hanging in the window, visible to the outside, Frederick County Public Schools superintendent Theresa R. Alban said in a statement obtained by news outlets. She added that officials will “take appropriate action” on Monday to figure out what led up to the flag being hung there.

“The flag was removed as soon as our administrators were made aware. An apology was sent to the community,” Alban told WTTG-TV. “This does not reflect the values of our school system.”

Principal Daniel Lippy said in an email to the school community that the administration has taken steps “to ensure that this never occurs again,” according to The Associated Press.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The school was conducting an internal investigation into the incident. Young said it was too early to determine whether the teacher who hung the flag would receive any disciplinary action for what he described as “poor judgment” in leaving the flag on display. He added that teachers are encouraged to use “hands-on” methods to engage students in the classroom, including dressing in costumes, WFMD reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group gtjhs-ge Nazi flag seen hanging in classroom window at Maryland public high school fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/maryland fox-news/us/education/high-school fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 8e5ea580-d8ff-59d7-8f18-f518cd264400   Westlake Legal Group gtjhs-ge Nazi flag seen hanging in classroom window at Maryland public high school fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/maryland fox-news/us/education/high-school fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 8e5ea580-d8ff-59d7-8f18-f518cd264400

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Rebecca Luker, TV Actor And Multiple Tony Nominee, Says She Has ALS

Three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker, who appeared on the CBS legal drama “Bull” earlier this month, revealed Sunday that she has ALS. 

Luker, 58, said she has known for a while. “We fight and go forward,” she wrote on Twitter.

Luker, who’s married to “Moulin Rouge” Broadway actor Danny Burstein, received a slew of well wishes from the entertainment community.

Actor Ben Stiller lauded Luker for her bravery in sharing her situation. He retweeted Luker’s plea for fans to support a promising treatment called Prosetin.

Stage veteran Betty Buckley, known in part for the TV prison drama “Oz” in the early 2000s, called Luker an inspiration for her voice and presence. Anthony Rapp of Broadway’s “Rent” and TV’s “Star Trek: Discovery” wished her well.

Luker, from Alabama, has received Tony nominations for “Mary Poppins,” “Show Boat” and “The Music Man.”

In 2018 and 2019 she had a recurring role on “NCIS: New Orleans” and played a nun on multiple episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” in 2012, IMDB noted.

According to her website, she lives in New York City with Burstein and two stepsons. 

ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and is a neurological disorder that leads to paralysis.

Westlake Legal Group 5e4177772100002d00838322 Rebecca Luker, TV Actor And Multiple Tony Nominee, Says She Has ALS

Michael Loccisano via Getty Images Rebecca Luker announced she has been diagnosed with ALS.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com