LBN- Special Report- Wednesday

*Russian Suspected of Hacking U.S. Computers Is Arrested: 
Police in the Czech Republic have announced the arrest of aRussian citizen suspected of hacking the computer networks of U.S. institutions. FBI officials said they believe the man, who was not identified by authorities but had been on a “red notice” alert from Interpol, is responsible for breaching U.S. targets. He was arrested by local police on October 5 after a rapid exchange of information with the FBI. He was detained at a Prague hotel and had been traveling through the city in a luxury vehicle with his girlfriend. “The suspect was so surprised by the police action that he put up no resistance,” said a police statement. “Immediately after the detention, the man exhibited signs of collapse and police had to provide first aid and, in the end, he was hospitalized.” It’s unclear if the man will be extradited for his alleged crimes, but he will reportedly remain in custody until authorities make a decision.

*Ecuador: We Cut Off Assange’s Internet:

The government of Ecuador said Tuesday that it chose to cut internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at their London embassy due to his attempts to affect the presidential election in the United States. “The government of Ecuador respects the principle of nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,” according to the statement. “This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.” Assange has been holed up for four years in the consulate, where he sought refuge from Swedish authorities seeking him for sex charges that he believes are a cover for U.S. efforts to extradite him for revealing top-secret government documents.

*Ex-F.B.I. Official Acknowledges Role in New Clinton Email Controversy: 
A former F.B.I. official at the center of the latest controversy over Hillary Clinton’s private emails acknowledged on Tuesday that an offer to swap favors with a State Department counterpart on an email classification issue had originated with him — until he realized the deal involved Mrs. Clinton and the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. “When I found that out, all bets were off; it wasn’t even negotiable,” the former F.B.I. official, Brian McCauley, said in a telephone interview. Republicans have seized on the episode to accuse the State Department of trying to protect Mrs. Clinton, but Mr. McCauley’s account could undercut those attempts because he said he, not the State Department, had suggested the “quid pro quo.”

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The number of illegals seeking asylum to gain easy access to the United States has jumped 900 percent in less than 10 years, greatly expanding the Immigration population receiving Social Security, school loans, green cards, welfare and other taxpayer funded services, according to figures from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. While about 8,000 mostly Latin Americans in 2009 sought asylum, the number is expected to reach 80,000 or more this year, according to a projection from the Center for Immigration Studies. The report said 80 percent come from just three countries that have already flooded the border with youths and young families, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Most claim a fear of torture, abuse, or retaliation, fulfilling the U.S. requirement that they must voice some credible fear of returning home.


*SAY CHEESE — Half of U.S. Adults Are Now in Facial-Recognition Databases: 
More than 117 million Americans—50 percent of U.S. adults—are now included in law enforcement facial-recognition software. A new report from Georgetown’s law school called it a “virtual, perpetual lineup,” in which police departments can use the technology to scan photos and track citizens without any criminal history in government databases. The report also noted that police departments are using surveillance cameras to scan pedestrians’ faces. In some states, including Maryland, cops have used the technology to identify citizens shown in protest photos. “Face-recognition, when it’s used most aggressively, can change the nature of public spaces,” said Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of Georgetown’s privacy and technology center. “It can change the basic freedom we have to go about our lives without people identifying us from afar and in secret.” Neema Singh Guliani, the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative counsel, noted that the technology is accompanied by few regulations. “There appears to be very few controls or safeguards to ensure it’s not used in situations in which people are engaged in First Amendment activity,” she said.

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*DiCaprio to Return Funds Linked to Malaysian 1MDB Fraud:

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio said he will return any money embezzled from a Malaysian government fund if it is determined that it financed the production of his film The Wolf of Wall Street or his environmental foundation. According to a spokesperson, DiCaprio has been cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice in the investigation since July, when it was announced; the statement is the first the Oscar-winner’s camp has made on the widening financial scandal. The DoJ filed a lawsuit to seize upward of $1 billion tied to a state investment fund known as 1MDB. The suit includes the rights to the film, according to a representative for DiCaprio. The Hollywood A-lister said he will follow any determination from the agency about funds that may have supported the movie or his nonprofit. “Both Mr. DiCaprio and [the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation] continue to be entirely supportive of all efforts to assure that justice is done in this matter,” a statement said. “Mr. DiCaprio is grateful for the lead and instruction of the government on how to accomplish this.”

*WHO READS LBN? Founder of Shriekfest film festival, Denise Gossett:

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***Exercising with unusual vigor while you are enraged or emotionally distraught could be dangerous for your heart, according to a cautionary new study of the types of events that may trigger heart attacks.The results indicate that, individually, both strenuous workouts and emotional upheaval increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest, but the risk is greatest if you combine them. The study does not prove, though, that running or otherwise sweating while mad is always inadvisable, only that some workouts and some emotions don’t mix well. Cardiologists have long known that a wide variety of circumstances can initiate heart attacks in people with cardiac disease. Among the events that are tied to an increased risk of having a heart attack: sunrise (you’re more likely to have one on awakening), spectator sports, earthquakes, air pollution, job stress, holidays and, in rare instances, sex. Extreme physical exertion and extreme emotional distress also often have been linked to sudden heart attacks.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Laser surgery is the most effective way to remove a tattoo. The laser penetrates the skin and breaks up the tattoo pigments so that they can be carried away naturally by the body’s immune system. Black is the easiest color to remove because it absorbs more laser waves. Green and yellow are more difficult to remove.


*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***The New York Times brought a new generation of the Sulzberger family into its top rankson Wednesday, naming Arthur Gregg Sulzberger the deputy publisher. The appointment positions him to succeed his father as publisher and chairman of The New York Times Company. Should he ascend to that position, Mr. Sulzberger, 36, would represent the fifth generation of his family to serve as publisher since the family patriarch, Adolph S. Ochs, purchased the newspaper in 1896.

*LBN-BUSINESS INSIDER:   ***China’s economy is slowing. How bad can it get? China reported on Wednesday that its economy grew 6.7 percent in the third quarter compared with a year ago. That matched economists’ expectations exactly, and was identical to the pace China set in the first and second quarters of this year. In economics, stability like that is remarkable — and usually not to be believed. Economists often look beyond the official numbers to find alternative ways to gauge the Chinese economy. Other figures and facts on the ground suggest that a lending binge that China has unleashed in recent months is helping to sustain growth. But by historical standards, China’s growth is slowing down. This year’s growth is set to come in at a pace slower than last year’s, which was already the weakest pace in 25 years.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: TV’s Revealing Interview Show —- “Without Notes” —

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Soap star Anthony Addabbo — whose long career included stints on “Guiding Light” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” — has passed away at the age of 56. The sudden and shocking news was announced by his fellow soap actor Winsor Harmon.   ***John F. Good, who developed and directed the F.B.I.’s Abscam investigation, resulting in grainy black-and-white videotapes on the evening news that showed elected officials accepting bags and envelopes of cash from what appeared to be an Arab sheikh, died on Sept. 28 at his home in Island Park, N.Y. He was 80. The death was confirmed by his brother, Kevin.

*LBN-COMMENTARY By NEIL GENZLINGER: If the news that the documentarian Michael Moore was releasing a surprise film called “Michael Moore in TrumpLand” had you expecting a rollicking, full-force attack on Donald J. Trump, prepare to be disappointed. Mr. Moore, one of filmmaking’s best-known provocateurs, seems to be decidedly uninterested in provoking anyone with this new offering, which had its hastily arrangedpremiere Tuesday night at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. The film is not an attack on Mr. Trump, but instead a paean to his opponent in the presidential contest, Hillary Clinton. Filmed over two nights early this month in Wilmington, Ohio, the movie captures a live stage performance by Mr. Moore in a town that leans heavily Trump (though that was not necessarily true of the audience he performed for). Mr. Moore has a knack for going into the lion’s den and poking the lion, but not here. He begins with some self-deprecating jokes about liberals (he was a Bernie Sanders supporter in the Democratic primaries), then throws in some mild jabs at Mr. Trump, but nothing that would cause anyone to bolt from the room or shout him down.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Thank God for WikiLeaks. I confess, I was starting to wonder about what the real Hillary Clinton — the one you never get to see behind closed doors — really stood for. But now that, thanks to WikiLeaks, I’ve had a chance to peruse her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other banks, I am more convinced than ever she can be the president America needs today. Seriously, those speeches are great! They show someone with a vision, a pragmatic approach to getting things done and a healthy instinct for balancing the need to strengthen our social safety nets with unleashing America’s business class to create the growth required to sustain social programs. So thank you, Vladimir Putin, for revealing how Hillary really hopes to govern. I just wish more of that Hillary were campaigning right now and building a mandate for what she really believes. WikiHillary? I’m with her.


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