The personal data of more than 134,000 current and former members of the U.S. Navy have been hacked. Navy officials said Tuesday that a laptop used by a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services employee was hacked. HP, which works with the U.S. Navy on some contracts, informed the military of the breach on October 27. Those affected sailors have not yet been notified. Hackers were even able to gain Social Security numbers. The investigation is in the early stages, Navy officials say, though they currently say the information has not been misused.
—Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has warned his country “will not stand by idly” if the incoming Trump administration reimposes sanctions on the Islamic republic in violation of the nuclear deal signed last year. More here
—Thomas Mair, the 53-year-old man who shot and killed Jo Cox, the Labour party member of Parliament, a week before the U.K. referendum to leave the EU, has been sentenced to life in prison. More here
—Pakistan says Indian shelling killed nine people on a bus. On Thursday, India said three of its soldiers had been killed, and one of whose bodies was mutilated. More here
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134,000 U.S. Navy Members' Personal Information Hacked
Mike Pence Has Moved to D.C.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence has officially moved to Washington. While he is waiting to move into the official vice presidential residence at the Naval Observatory, Pence and his family have moved into a home in the Chevy Chase neighborhood in northwest D.C., renting it for the time being. Pence, who is also splitting his time in New York City leading the Trump administration’s transition, will soon move out of the governor’s mansion in Indianapolis. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill gave a tour of the Naval Observatory to Mike and Karen Pence last week. Pence has three children, though none of them would live full-time in the residence.
Archaeologists in Egypt Uncovered a 7,000-Year-Old City
Archeologists in Egypt have uncovered an ancient village and cemetery likely used by officials as they built the ancient royal tombs, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said Wednesday. The city is thought to be 7,000 years old, and archaeologist say they hope it will grant them insight into the city of Abydos, one of the oldest ancient cities in Egypt. If the site is this old, it would date to the first dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, which is about 250 miles south of Cairo, and across the Nile near the current city of Luxor. So far, archaeologists have uncovered huts, tools, pottery remains, and 15 large graves. The find could be a boost for the country’s tourism, which has taken a hit ever since the Arab Spring uprising overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak, and again with the terrorist bombing last year of a Russian plane. Before the uprising in 2010, nearly 15 million yearly visitors traveled to Egypt. That dropped to about 9 million in 2015. Fewer visitors are expected this year.
Iran's Supreme Leader Warns of Retaliation if U.S. Imposes Sanctions
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has warned his country “will not stand by idly” if the incoming Trump administration reimposes sanctions on the Islamic republic in violation of the nuclear deal signed last year. He did not specify what steps Iran might take. The remarks, which were published in English on his official website, come after last week’s House vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, which expires at the end of the year. Such a move would the violate the agreement that Western nations and Russia struck with Iran. President-elect Trump has repeatedly called the nuclear agreement the “stupidest deal of all time,” but nonproliferation experts have urged him not to tear up the pact, which freezes Iran’s nuclear program for 15 years in exchange for economic and other benefits.
Ralph Branca, Dodgers Pitcher Who Gave Up 'Shot Heard 'Round the World,' Dies at 90
Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher perhaps best known for giving up the home run dubbed the “shot heard ‘round the world,” has died. He was 90. Bobby Valentine, the former manager for the New York Mets who is married to Mary, Branca’s daughter, confirmed the news in a tweet. Branca played for 12 seasons in Major League Baseball until 1956, finishing with a 88-68 career record and a 3.79 ERA. But it’s his pitch on October 3, 1951, for which he is best remembered: Branca gave up Bobby Thomson's three-run homer in the ninth inning of the National League playoff game. The homer put the Giants into the World Series. The two men later became friends. Thompson died in 2010. Watch the “shot heard ‘round the world,” here:
Man Who Killed Jo Cox, the U.K. MP, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison
Thomas Mair, the 53-year-old man who shot and killed Jo Cox, the Labour party member of Parliament, a week before the U.K. referendum to leave the EU, has been sentenced to life in prison. Mair shot and stabbed Cox, 41, in Bristall, near Leeds, apparently over her support for the U.K.’s continued membership of the EU. He is said to have shouted “Britain first” during the attack. Prosecutors said that Mair offered no explanation for his actions, but the attack was “motivated by hate,” calling them “nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.” Prosecutors alleged that Mair was a white supremacist.
Facebook Reportedly Develops Censorship Tool as a Potential Way to Re-Enter China
Facebook has developed software that prevents certain posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in some geographic areas as one potential way to re-enter China, where it is blocked, The New York Times is reporting, citing three unnamed current and former Facebook employees. The tool would allow a third party to monitor popular stories and topics and then “have full control to decide whether those posts should show up in users’ feeds,” the Times added. The story does come with caveats, however: The tool is one of many ideas Facebook has discussed, but it may never be released. The feature has never been used, and the Times adds, “there is no indication that Facebook has offered it to the authorities in China.” Facebook restricts its content in several markets in line with local laws, as do other internet companies. Read the Times’s story here.
India, Pakistan Trade Fire, Report Casualties Amid Rising Tensions
Pakistan blamed Indian shelling Friday for the deaths of nine people on a bus in the part of Kashmir it controls. A day earlier, India said three of its soldiers had been killed in Kashmir, one of whose bodies had been mutilated. Both sides reported military deaths in retaliatory firing. Relations between the two countries, poor at the best of times, have become fraught since militants killed 19 Indian troops in September. Both countries claim Kashmir in its entirety, but in reality India controls about two-thirds, Pakistan about a third. The two counties have fought two wars over Kashmir and came close to a third one. Indian Kashmir has been the scene of mass anti-government protests since this summer. India’s response to the unrest has been sharply criticized by human-rights groups.
Governor Nikki Haley Picked as U.S. Ambassador to the UN
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President-elect Donald Trump has picked South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be the next U.S. ambassador to the UN, calling her “a proven dealmaker.” Haley, 44, the daughter of immigrants from India, has accepted. She rose to national prominence after last year’s mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, when she called for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the ground of the state capitol. Haley had endorsed Senator Marco Rubio of Florida during the GOP presidential primary, and was openly critical of Trump. She would be the first female appointee to Trump’s Cabinet. The position requires Senate confirmation.