SECURITY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SECURITY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57821931-68/syrian-images-council-caesar.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57821931-68/syrian-images-council-caesar.html.csp">Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER JAMES SPIELMANN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T09:04:36.727-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 09:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">United Nations • The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. On Tuesday, the Security Council met privately to view projected slides of the dead, who offer mute testimony to the savagery of a Syrian civil war in which more than 150,000 have died. Ten of the photos were publicly released in January in a study k...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578219312014-04-15T09:04:36.727-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-15T09:04:36.727-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57821931@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:04:36 MDT Tax refund fraud is a big frustration for victims http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57806753-79/identity-irs-tax-refunds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57806753-79/identity-irs-tax-refunds.html.csp">Tax refund fraud is a big frustration for victims</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOHN SEEWER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-15T01:01:01.888-06:00">Updated Apr 15, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Toledo, Ohio • Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter’s tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old’s personal information. “This is the first time in her life she has ever filed income taxes, after earning all of $1,800 stocking products on grocery store shelves,” Hankins said. “I did her taxes for her online, but immediately she got the rejection.” Thieves have claimed billions of dollars in bogus...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578067532014-04-15T01:01:01.888-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-15T01:01:01.888-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57806753@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:01:01 MDT Social Security halts effort to collect old debts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57819527-68/debts-government-security-refunds.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57819527-68/debts-government-security-refunds.html.csp">Social Security halts effort to collect old debts</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T21:41:01.99-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 09:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Social Security Administration announced Monday that it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers’ debts to the government that are more than 10 years old. The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government was seizing state and federal tax refunds that were on their way to about 400,000 Americans who had relatives who owed money to Social Security. In many cases, the people whose refunds were intercepted had never heard of any debt, and the de...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57819527@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:41:01 MDT Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57817524-68/boko-haram-nigeria-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57817524-68/boko-haram-nigeria-islamic.html.csp">Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-14T10:25:50.918-06:00">Updated Apr 14, 2014 10:25AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Abuja, Nigeria • A massive explosion ripped through a bus station during the morning rush hour in Nigeria’s capital, killing at least 71 people and wounding 124 in a bombing that marked the bloodiest terrorist attack ever in Abuja. President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene and blamed Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group which operates in the northeast of Nigeria and which has been threatening to attack Nigeria’s capital. One official said he believed the bomb buried in the earth while the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578175242014-04-14T10:25:50.918-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-14T10:25:50.918-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57817524@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:25:50 MDT At U.N., Russia and West blame each other http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57815676-68/russia-ukraine-eastern-russian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57815676-68/russia-ukraine-eastern-russian.html.csp">At U.N., Russia and West blame each other</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARIA SANMINIATELLI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-13T21:33:11.783-06:00">Updated Apr 13, 2014 09:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">United Nations • The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session amid growing violence in eastern Ukraine, with Western powers and Russia blaming each other for the deepening crisis. Russia called the meeting hours after Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city, and at least one security officer was killed and five others wounded. Ukraine’s president accused its powerful neighbor of fomenting unrest and announced that it would deploy ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578156762014-04-13T21:33:11.783-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-13T21:33:11.783-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57815676@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:33:11 MDT Obama lets NSA keep some Internet security flaws secret http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812015-68/nsa-security-flaws-obama.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812015-68/nsa-security-flaws-obama.html.csp">Obama lets NSA keep some Internet security flaws secret</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVID E. SANGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T19:22:13.229-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 07:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Barack Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57812015@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:22:13 MDT Rampell: Who really paid for your Medicare http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57807512-82/paid-medicare-seniors-social.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57807512-82/paid-medicare-seniors-social.html.csp">Rampell: Who really paid for your Medicare</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Rampell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-11T14:14:02.082-06:00">Updated Apr 11, 2014 02:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“Your poorly written editorial is just another WaPo attempt to STEAL seniors’ EARNED benefits.” So read the subject line of one reader’s response to my last column, about how entitlements and other safety-net spending on the middle class are crowding out spending on the poor. The email went on to say: “sorry, spoiled millennial [expletive], but seniors have worked and PAID FOR their SS and Medicare.” I don’t dispute the middle epithet: I am indeed a millennial. And since we millennials like to d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57807512@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:14:02 MDT Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57791144-68/ukraine-russia-government-donetsk.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57791144-68/ukraine-russia-government-donetsk.html.csp">Report: 60 people taken hostage in eastern Ukraine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER LEONARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T12:23:02.538-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 12:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Donetsk, Ukraine • Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city. Unknown “separatists” with weapons and explosives were threatening the hostages inside a security service branch in the city of Luhansk, the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577911442014-04-08T12:23:02.538-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T12:23:02.538-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57791144@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:23:02 MDT Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57779647-68/afghanistan-taliban-election-polling.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57779647-68/afghanistan-taliban-election-polling.html.csp">Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIM GAMEL </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and RAHIM FAIEZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T22:56:01.673-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 10:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country’s wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own. With combat forces from the U.S.-led coalition winding down a 13-year presence and the mercurial Hamid Karzai stepping aside, the country’s new leader will find an altered landscape as he replaces the only president Afghans have known since the Ta...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577796472014-04-05T22:56:01.673-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-05T22:56:01.673-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57779647@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:56:01 MDT Letter: If GOP repeals ACA, are Medicare, Social Security next? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57774697-82/cause-medicare-obamacare-repeal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57774697-82/cause-medicare-obamacare-repeal.html.csp">Letter: If GOP repeals ACA, are Medicare, Social Security next?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T01:01:07.392-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke from the heart of the Republican Party when he declared on national TV that on his first day in office he would repeal Obamacare (the ACA). The same Republican principles (minimal government, minimal taxes) that cause him and his party to hate Obamacare should logically cause them to hate both Social Security and Medicare. If, as planned, the Republicans take back the Senate this year and the White House in two and a half years, after they repeal every ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57774697@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:01:07 MDT Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57777811-200/vote-election-security-kabul.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57777811-200/vote-election-security-kabul.html.csp">Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIM GAMEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T22:44:14.297-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. Amid tight security, men in traditional tunics and loose trousers, and women clad in the all-encompassing burqas arrived at polling centers more than an hour before they opened in Kabul and elsewhere. Independent Election Commission chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani mar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57777811@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:44:14 MDT Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57771454-68/security-russia-ukraine-yanukovych.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57771454-68/security-russia-ukraine-yanukovych.html.csp">Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARIA DANILOVA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T21:14:40.095-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 09:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kiev, Ukraine • Ukraine’s interim authorities on Thursday accused fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people, but they provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev that left more than 100 people dead. Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov also accused his predecessor, who was in charge of police, of recruiting gangs of killers, kidnappers and thugs to terrorize a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577714542014-04-03T21:14:40.095-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-03T21:14:40.095-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57771454@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:14:40 MDT Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57769085-68/base-fort-gunman-hood.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57769085-68/base-fort-gunman-hood.html.csp">Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T11:29:15.139-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 11:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fort Hood, Texas • An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said. Within hours of the Wednesday attack, investigators started looking into whether the man’s combat experience had caused lingering psychological trauma. Fort Hood’s senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Mill...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577690852014-04-03T11:29:15.139-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-03T11:29:15.139-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57769085@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:29:15 MDT Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57765745-68/fort-shooting-hood-military.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57765745-68/fort-shooting-hood-military.html.csp">Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By WILL WEISSERT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T21:33:55.633-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 09:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fort Hood, Texas • A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said. The shooter, who served in Iraq in 2011, had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the senior officer on the base. There was no indication the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57765745@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:33:55 MDT Comcast adds ‘smart’ thermostat feature to home automation service http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57729511-79/comcast-thermostat-security-automation.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57729511-79/comcast-thermostat-security-automation.html.csp">Comcast adds ‘smart’ thermostat feature to home automation service</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Vince Horiuchi</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-01T16:56:21.986-06:00">Updated Apr 1, 2014 04:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Comcast, the country’s largest cable television company, has expanded its home automation and security product, adding a new feature that uses a “smart” thermostat to control your home’s temperature. In 2012 Comcast launched Xfinity Home, a service that can add home automation and security features through a monthly charge. They include motion sensors for doors and windows that if breached can alert the homeowner with a mobile phone notification or even call police through Comcast’s central off...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57729511@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:56:21 MDT North Korea Promises ‘New Form’ of Nuclear Test http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750528-68/north-korea-nuclear-test.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750528-68/north-korea-nuclear-test.html.csp">North Korea Promises ‘New Form’ of Nuclear Test</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHOE SANG-HUN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> c.2014 New York Times News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T19:54:03.603-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 07:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Seoul, South Korea - North Korea threatened on Sunday to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test, a year after its third nuclear test raised military tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and prompted the United Nations to tighten sanctions against the North. The North’s Foreign Ministry did not clarify what it meant by a “new form” in its statement, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. But the U.S. and its allies have long suspected the country of trying to make nuclear...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57750528@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:54:03 MDT NY Sen. Schumer asks feds to review WTC security http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750481-68/security-schumer-site-authority.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57750481-68/security-schumer-site-authority.html.csp">NY Sen. Schumer asks feds to review WTC security</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By VERENA DOBNIK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T17:43:01.528-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 05:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Sen. Charles Schumer stood by the World Trade Center on Sunday, demanding that federal officials review security after daredevils twice sneaked to the top of the site’s signature, 104-story skyscraper. Schumer’s request comes after a teenager was charged with climbing to the top of the 1,776-foot spire of 1 World Trade Center, three skydiving enthusiasts turned themselves in to face charges in a September jump off the building, and a newspaper published a photo of a guard apparently s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57750481@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:43:01 MDT Shultz and Nunn: The West has leverage over Putin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57742594-82/russia-states-united-allies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57742594-82/russia-states-united-allies.html.csp">Shultz and Nunn: The West has leverage over Putin</a></h4>