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Cyberthieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

May 22, 2016

Cyberthieves exploit banks' faith in SWIFT transfer network

On Jan. 12, 2015, a message from a secure computer terminal at Banco del Austro (BDA) in Ecuador instructed San Francisco-based Wells Fargo to transfer money to bank accounts in Hong Kong. Wells Fargo complied. Over 10 days, Wells approved at least 12 transfers ...

U.S. Secret Service shoots gun-wielding man near White House

May 21, 2016

U.S. Secret Service shoots gun-wielding man near White House

A Secret Service agent shot a man who brandished a gun near the White House on Friday while President Barack Obama was out golfing, and the man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials said. The Secret Service, which protects the president ...

Oklahoma lawmakers make it a felony to perform abortions

May 20, 2016

Oklahoma lawmakers make it a felony to perform abortions

Oklahoma lawmakers have moved to effectively ban abortion in their state by making it a felony for doctors to perform the procedure, an effort the bill’s sponsor said Thursday is aimed at ultimately overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. ...

Second Mexican judge OKs extradition of 'El Chapo' to U.S.

May 17, 2016

Second Mexican judge OKs extradition of 'El Chapo' to U.S.

A second Mexican judge has ruled that the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States can go forward, judicial authorities announced Monday. The process still awaits approval of Mexico’s foreign ministry and it can be appealed. The judge’s decision ...

Famed Italian fertility doctor placed under arrest for 'theft' of eggs

May 15, 2016

Famed Italian fertility doctor placed under arrest for 'theft' of eggs

A controversial Italian gynecologist famed for helping women in their 60s to have children is under house arrest in Rome on suspicion of removing eggs from a patient’s ovaries without her consent. Lawyers for Severino Antinori, who has been nicknamed the “grandmothers’ obstetrician,” dismissed ...

May 14, 2016

Pfizer says it is blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives ...