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Turpin abuse case prompts state bill to tighten regulation of home schools


California lawmakers are pushing to increase regulation of home schools after a dozen siblings were discovered locked in a dirty, dark house in Riverside County.

The house in Perris had been registered as a private school — with the cheery name of Sandcastle Day School.

Last month, after a malnourished…

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-me-edu-homeschooling-legislation-20180216-story.html

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‘Thought It Was an Explosion.’ 4.2-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Wales

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit southern Wales Saturday morning, the first in the United Kingdom of that size in about 10 years.

The earthquake, with an epicenter north of Swansea, was felt through southwest England and the south of Wales, according to the BBC. However, no reports of serious damage or injury has been recorded. The earthquake was the largest one felt in the area since a 5.2-magnitude earthquake in 2008, the BBC reported.

Despite the lack of known injuries or damage, authorities said they are still seeing a high call volume as a result of the earthquake. Police are asking people to only call if they are injured or if there are damages.

There has been a minor earthquake throughout South Wales, there is no need to phone the emergency services unless you have something to report ie:- damage or injuries. SWP

— South Wales Police (@swpolice) February 17, 2018

Many took to Twitter to share their experiences as well.

Serious question now…was there an earthquake in Swansea just there!!!?!? Whole house started shaking. People out in the street checking 😳

— John Barclay (@johnbarc86) February 17, 2018

Swansea Uni Bay Campus evacuated because of the earthquake pic.twitter.com/deJFtlrqSx

— Shan Black✨ (@SweetlyShan) February 17, 2018

What the ….. anyone else in Swansea feel that???!!!!! #earthquake

— Siany OFFICIAL (@sianyonthewave) February 17, 2018

Source: http://time.com/5164436/earthquake-today-swansea/

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A 4-Year-Old Girl Was Shot to Death While Sitting in a Car With Her Family

(AKRON, Ohio) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl sitting in a car with young siblings and her grandmother in northeastern Ohio has been fatally shot and a suspect is being sought.

Police haven’t identified the girl shot around 10:30 p.m. Friday in Akron. Police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards says the shooting happened after the children’s mother pulled in front of a home to retrieve belongings and broke windows when no one answered the door.

Edwards says a man stepped outside with a rifle and fired one shot at the car, striking the 4-year-old, who was sitting in the backseat. She was pronounced dead at an Akron hospital. The other children are girls ages 7, 6 and 3.

Edwards says a murder warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Darnell Bitting.

Source: http://time.com/5164561/child-shot-akron-darnell-bitting/

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NASA Awards Contract for Construction, Maintenance, Environmental, Testing Services

NASA has selected Firelake-Arrowhead NASA Services of Lenexa, Kansas, to perform facility management, surveying, energy management, life safety code compliance and environmental management services for the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

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Raw sockets backdoor gives attackers complete control of some Linux servers


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A stealthy backdoor undetected by antimalware providers is giving unknown attackers complete control over at least 100 Linux servers that appear to be used in business production environments, warn researchers.

In a blog post published Wednesday, Montreal-based GoSecure claimed that a piece of malware dubbed “Chaos” is infecting poorly secured systems by guessing weak passwords protecting secure shell application administrators use to remotely control Unix-based computers. The secure shell, or SSH, accounts being compromised run as root, and this is how the backdoor is able to get such access as well. Normally, firewalls in front of servers block such backdoors from communicating with the outside Internet. Once installed, Chaos bypasses those protections by using what’s known as a “raw socket” to covertly monitor all data sent over the network.

“With Chaos using a raw socket, the backdoor can be triggered on ports running an existing legitimate service,” Sebastian Feldmann, a master’s degree student intern working for GoSecure, wrote. “As an example, a Webserver that would only expose SSH (22), HTTP (80), and HTTPS (443) would not be reachable via a traditional backdoor due to the fact that those services are in use, but with Chaos it becomes possible.”

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1261143

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Playboy says linking to Playmate archive violates copyright; judge says no way


Enlarge / A man reads a copy of the second issue of the Indonesian edition of US adult magazine Playboy at a news-stand in downtown Jakarta in June 2006. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP / Getty Images)

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against Happy Mutants, the parent company of the popular website Boing Boing.

Back in November 2017, Playboy Entertainment Group sued Boing Boing, accusing it of violating the company’s copyright when, in February 2016, the website simply linked to a separate online collection of “Every Playboy Playmate Centerfold Ever.” That portfolio, which was hosted on Imgur, has since been removed. Imgur did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.

Because Boing Boing has advertising on its site, Playboy argued, it is profiting from those unauthorized images.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1261105