Anthem Subsidiaries Face Missouri Lawsuit Over Data Breach

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance agencies of failing to safeguard consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem’s computer networks. A lawsuit first filed in February in St. Louis County on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman was amended Tuesday to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach is responsible for fraudulent tax returns filed in their name. Hackers in December or January broke into an Anthem database that included names, employment details and Social Security numbers. Continue Reading

Ohio Dad Charged in Tot’s Starvation Death Pleads Not Guilty

CINCINNATI (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old girl who weighed 13 pounds when she died of starvation and blunt-force injury has pleaded not guilty in Ohio to murder charges. Court documents show 32-year-old Glen Bates entered the plea Monday in Hamilton County to aggravated murder and child endangerment in Glenara Bates’ March 29 death. Bates was ordered jailed without bail. His attorney says he’s still in the early stages of investigating and evaluating his client’s case. The child’s mother is charged with the same counts. Continue Reading

Clinton Announces White House Run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says she’s running for president. The former first lady and secretary of state made her 2016 plans official on her campaign website Sunday. She says in a video that “everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.” Clinton is aiming to be the first female president. Continue Reading

Census Shooting Suspect Charged with Kidnapping, Assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing a Census Bureau guard before leading police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington has been charged with armed kidnapping and assault on a police officer. The Metropolitan Police Department said Ronald Anderson was charged Friday. He turned 48 Thursday, the day of the crime spree and chase. The chase ended with an exchange of gunfire that left him and an officer wounded. The department says Anderson remains hospitalized but did not comment on his condition. Continue Reading

Teacher Suspended after Class Write Notes to Convicted Police Killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal

ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district has suspended a teacher for asking her third-grade class to write “get well” letters to a hospitalized man convicted of killing a Philadelphia policeman. Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said in a statement Friday that school administrators “vehemently deny” any knowledge of Marilyn Zuniga’s assignment. Lee says preliminary inquiries found that Zuniga didn’t seek approval nor were parents notified. The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal. The former Black Panther is serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner. Continue Reading

Jury Convicts Boston Marathon Bomber; Will Decide On Death Penalty

BOSTON (AP) — Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the same 12 people will decide whether he lives or dies. Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges Wednesday. He was found responsible for the deaths of three people who died in the bombings and the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer gunned down days later. Beginning next week, the federal jury will hear evidence from prosecutors on aggravating factors they believe make death the appropriate punishment. Tsarnaev’s lawyers will present mitigating factors they hope will persuade the jury to instead sentence him to life in prison. Continue Reading

Pacers Forward Chris Copeland Stabbed Outside of New York Nightclub

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his wife and another woman were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub after an argument. Police say the victims were hospitalized Wednesday with minor injuries. Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a statement they were still gathering information. He says the team’s thoughts are with the injured. Police say the player was stabbed in the abdomen, his wife slashed in the arm and across the breast and backside. Continue Reading

South Carolina Cop Charged With Murder After Shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The parents of a black man who was fatally shot while fleeing a white police officer call the shooting horrible, with his father saying it looked as if the officer was trying to “kill a deer running through the woods.” Judy Scott, the mother of 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that she almost couldn’t look at the video showing the shooting last weekend. She says it tore her heart to pieces. His father, Walter Scott Sr., tells NBC’s “Today Show” that his son may have run after being pulled for a traffic stop because he owed child support and didn’t want to go back to jail. The father says he doesn’t know if the shooting was racially motivated. Continue Reading

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul Announces GOP Presidential Bid

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As he launches his presidential campaign, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is delivering a challenge both to Washington and to his fellow Republicans. Announcing his candidacy today at a rally in Louisville, Paul said he’s worried that “opportunity and hope are slipping away for our sons and daughters.” And he said it seems as if “both parties and the entire political system are to blame.” Paul drew cheers today when he denounced government searches of phones and computer records — a practice that most Republicans defend as a necessary defense against terrorism. Continue Reading