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US charges Russian intelligence agents in Yahoo hack...Group to probe CIA rendition program...Sexual assault reports rise at 2 military academies

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers in a breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts. It's the first case of its kind brought against Russian government officials. U.S. officials say the hacking began at least as early as 2014 and targeted the email accounts of Russian and U.S. officials, Russian journalists, and employees of financial services and other businesses.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A citizen's group plans public hearings in North Carolina on a government program of secret CIA interrogation sites where suspected terrorists might be tortured. The group of academics, retired military officers and ministers says they aim to investigate and focus attention on the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program that was started after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The commission has no power to compel testimony, but it plans to collect records and talk to witnesses before describing its findings in November.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States won't continue participating in the Human Rights Council unless the U.N. rights agency undergoes "considerable reform." In a letter to eight non-governmental organizations, Tillerson gave no time frame for reforms to take place. The United States has long complained that the Geneva-based Human Rights Council unduly focuses on Israel and includes member countries with poor rights records.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sexual misconduct remains a problem at the U.S. military academies, despite programs designed to prevent assaults and help victims. Reports of sexual assaults increased last year at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. Assault reports dropped at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. But an anonymous survey found that sexual misconduct often isn't reported. In that survey, a vast majority said they didn't file a report on the assault because they didn't consider it serious enough.

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has launched a public campaign to raise funds to help preserve the former president's beloved wooden sailboat. The goal of the GoFundMe campaign launched today is to raise $25,000 for maintenance of the Victura, purchased when Kennedy was 15. Every year the boat needs about 100 hours of preservation work, including sanding, paint and varnish touchups. The fundraising campaign was started as part of a yearlong series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of Kennedy's birth.

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