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Jul 28, 2015

U.S. defense contractor copied secret military documents: Justice Department

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused a former Chinese army serviceman of copying classified files from a U.S. military computer network while employed as a U.S. defense contractor in Kuwait in 2013.

Wei Chen, 61, of Westfield, Massachusetts, was charged with making a false statement and damaging army computers after he lied on a questionnaire about his foreign military service to get his as a computer system administrator. He later copied secret computer files onto a personal thumb drive and tried to conceal it by deleting network logs, according to a Justice Department press release.

Jul 27, 2015

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project

NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island (Reuters) – Rhode Island’s Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America’s first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

The 30-megawatt wind farm, which will include five turbines located three miles (4.8 km) off the coast of the bucolic summer tourist destination of Block Island, will take more than a year to build and is scheduled to produce electricity for the tiny island community and the mainland by the end of next year.

Jul 19, 2015

Before Tennessee rampage, suspect texted friend link to Islamic verse

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five U.S. servicemen, the suspected gunman texted a close friend a link to an Islamic verse that included the line: “Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.”

The gunman’s family said in a statement late on Saturday he had suffered from depression, and that they had experienced shock and horror over the violence.

Jul 18, 2015

Navy sailor dies, becoming fifth serviceman killed in Chattanooga

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – A male U.S. Navy petty officer has died of wounds sustained in this week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday, raising the number of people killed in the attack to five.

The suspected shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, also died on Thursday in a firefight with police after the rampage at a military recruiting office and a training centre six miles away.

Jul 18, 2015

Navy sailor dies of wounds, becoming fifth Chattanooga fatality

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – A male U.S. Navy petty officer has died of wounds sustained in this week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday, raising the number of people killed in the attack to five.

The suspected shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, also died on Thursday in a firefight with police after the rampage at a military recruiting office and a training center six miles away.

Jul 18, 2015

U.S. Navy petty officer dies after wounding in Tennessee attack

By Richard Valdmanis

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Reuters) – A male U.S. Navy petty officer has died of wounds sustained in this week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S. Navy said on Saturday, raising the number of people killed in the attack to five.

The suspected shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, also died on Thursday in a firefight with police after the rampage at two military facilities.

Jul 18, 2015

Suspect in slaying of U.S. Marines made 2014 trip to Mideast

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspect in the fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines traveled to Jordan and possibly other Middle Eastern countries last year, authorities said on Friday, as the investigation focused on any signs of a connection to Islamist militants.

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born naturalized U.S. citizen, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jul 17, 2015

Probe into Chattanooga shooting suspect turns to Mideast travel

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born U.S. citizen, who the FBI identified as the shooter, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after he killed the Marines and wounded three other people in a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga.

A little more than 24 hours after the shooting, the FBI said it continued to investigate it as an act of terrorism and that it was “premature” to speculate on the motive. Abdulazeez’s travel was part of the investigation.

Jul 16, 2015

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush to recover at Maine hospital

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is in fair condition and will remain in a Maine hospital for further evaluation after suffering a neck fracture in a fall at his home, his spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.

Bush, who served as the 41st U.S. president, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland following the fall on Wednesday at his seaside compound in Kennebunkport.

Jul 14, 2015

Suspect in Islamic State-inspired bomb plot held without bail in Massachusetts

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston police captain’s son suspected of plotting to bomb a college cafeteria on behalf of Islamic State was ordered held without bail on Tuesday after prosecutors showed a video of him defending the militant group’s hostage executions and declaring America the enemy.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, appeared in shackles in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, wearing a beard, glasses, and a tan jumpsuit. He was mostly silent during the detention hearing as prosecutors described him as a radical on the verge of killing innocent people, and his attorney countered that he should not be punished for political beliefs.

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