FARAH CITY, Afghanistan. #Taliban kidnapped seven passengers in the capital of western Herat province on Friday morning, a public representative said #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Aor.28: Provincial council head Jamila Amini told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents got the seven passengers off a vehicle at 6am and took them to an undisclosed location #AceNewsDesk reports

Taliban take 7 passengers hostage in Farah City

The #Taliban set up a checkpoint in Shamalgah area, 20 kilometres from Farah City,” Amini said, adding the fighters questioned the passengers. She said of the kidnapped men was her relative, a teacher by profession.

Amini added she had discussed insecurity on the Farah-Herat highway with the authorities concerned several times, but no positive step had been taken yet to address the issue.

Resident Ahmad Ramin said: “The militants had parked their vehicles at the road side. They intercepted vehicles and quizzed the passengers.” There is no clue yet to the whereabouts of the kidnapped men.

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WASHINGTON: #ObamaCare House updated bill includes an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key rules, including on minimum coverage requirements and allowing insurers to charge more based on individuals’ health The Hill reported #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: House Republicans have an updated bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and The Hill has a new whip list @thehill reported on Thursday #AceNewsDesk

The updated bill includes an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key #ObamaCare rules, including on minimum coverage requirements and allowing insurers to charge more based on individuals’ health.

Those changes are designed to win over conservatives, and the new legislation has been backed by the House Freedom Caucus and outside groups including the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks.

The question is whether GOP centrists can back it.

A mix of centrists and conservatives objected to the earlier ObamaCare bill, forcing GOP leaders to call off a planned vote.

No Democrats are expected to vote for the measure, meaning Republicans can only afford 22 defections.

Below is an initial list of where key Republicans stand based on an earlier Whip List from The Hill and lawmakers’ statements on the new amendment.

The list full list is here to read The Hill’s Whip List: 21 GOP no votes on new ObamaCare replacement bill

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MANHATTAN, NY: NYPD: Not-So-Good Samaritan Finds Missing Wallet, on Bench and Takes $7,000 For Himself #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: A ride on the 4-train turned out to be a pricey affair for a woman in Lower Manhattan CBS local reported #AceNewsDesk

Not-So-Good Samaritan Finds Missing Wallet, Takes $7,000 For Himself the 49-year-old left her wallet on a bench at the Chambers Street station and boarded a southbound 4-train.

When she came back for the wallet she found a man sitting on the bench with it in his hands, police said.

The victim confronted the man, but he fled the scene. When she eventually found the wallet on the street, her money — some $7,000 in cash — was gone, #police said.

The suspect has been described as a black male between 25- and 30-years-old. He is between 5’10” and 6’10”, and weighs from 150 to 160 pounds. The man was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a hooded sweater, a green jacket with orange lining, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident has been asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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PENTAGON: Dod: Air Force Issues Challenge to “Hack the Air Force” by calling on cyber specia lists across America and partner nations #AceNewsDesk reports – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: The Air Force is inviting vetted computer security specialists from across the U.S. and select partner nations to do their best to hack some of its key public websites #AceNewsDesk reports

Air Force Issues Challenge to “Hack the Air Force” 04/26/2017 04:10 PM CDTThe initiative is part of the Cyber Secure campaign sponsored by the Air Force’s Chief Information Office as a measure to further operationalise the domain and leverage talent from both within and outside the Department of Defence.

The event expands on the DoD ‘Hack the Pentagon’ bug bounty program by broadening the participation pool from U.S. citizens to include “white hat” hackers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“This outside approach–drawing on the talent and expertise of our citizens and partner-nation citizens–in identifying our security vulnerabilities will help bolster our cybersecurity. We already aggressively conduct exercises and ‘red team’ our public facing and critical websites. But this next step throws open the doors and brings additional talent onto our cyber team,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.

White hat hacking and crowdsourced security concepts are industry standards that are used by small businesses and large corporations alike to better secure their networks against malicious attacks. Bug bounty programs offer paid bounties for all legitimate vulnerabilities reported.

“This is the first time the AF has opened up our networks to such a broad scrutiny,” said Air Force Chief Information Security Officer Peter Kim. “We have malicious hackers trying to get into our systems every day. It will be nice to have friendly hackers taking a shot and, most importantly, showing us how to improve our cybersecurity and defense posture. The additional participation from our partner nations greatly widens the variety of experience available to find additional unique vulnerabilities.”

Kim made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the headquarters of HackerOne, the contracted security consulting firm running the contest.

“The whole idea of ‘security through obscurity’ is completely backwards. We need to understand where our weaknesses are in order to fix them, and there is no better way than to open it up to the global hacker community,” said Chris Lynch of the Defense Digital Service (DDS), an organization comprised of industry experts incorporating critical private sector experience across numerous digital challenges.

The competition for technical talent in both the public and private sectors is fiercer than it has ever been according to Kim. The Air Force must compete with companies like Facebook and Google for the best and brightest, particularly in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Keen to leverage private sector talent, the Air Force partnered with DDS to launch the Air Force Digital Service team in January 2017, affording a creative solution that turns that competition for talent into a partnership.

In fact, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa S. Disbrow and Gen. Goldfein visited the Defense Digital Service and Air Force Digital Service in early April to discuss a variety of initiatives the Air Force can benefit from.

“We’re mobilizing the best talent from across the nation and among partner nations to help strengthen the Air Force’s cyber defenses. It’s an exciting venture, one that will make us better, and one that focuses an incredible pool of capabilities toward keeping our Air Force sites secure,” said Acting Secretary Disbrow.

The DoD’s ‘Hack the Pentagon’ initiative was launched by the Defense Digital Service in April 2016 as the first bug bounty program employed by the federal government. More than 1,400 hackers registered to participate in the program. Nearly 200 reports were received within the first six hours of the program’s launch, and $75,000 in total bounties was paid out to participating hackers.

Registration for the ‘Hack the Air Force’ event opens on May 15th on the HackerOne website. The contest opens on May 30th and ends on June 23rd. Military members and government civilians are not eligible for compensation, but can participate on-duty with supervisor approval.

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INDIANA: 80-Year-Old Man Arrested, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman and Armed Robbery #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: An 80-year-old Indiana man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 27-year-old woman who came to his door and tried to sell him a tablet over the weekend KTLA #AceNewsDesk
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80-Year-Old Indiana Man Arrested, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman Trying to Sell Tablet William Graham was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, armed robbery and confinement. (Credit: Kokomo Police Department via CNN/WISH)

The victim told police she arrived at the home of William Graham Sunday to sell the tablet, but was instead held against her will at gunpoint and sexually assaulted, WISH reported.

Kokomo police learned of the incident and responded to Graham’s home when the victim called about 6 a.m. Monday.

Graham was eventually arrested without incident following a five-hour standoff with #police, WISH reported.

He was booked on suspicion of sexual assault, armed robbery and confinement, Wish reported.

It’s unclear how the transaction for the tablet initiated, but investigators said it didn’t originate online.

A second man, who was inside the home at the time of the standoff, was also arrested on a failure to appear warrant, according to WISH.

That man, identified as 56-year-old Robert Meriwether, has not been connected to the rape case.

The victim was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries, Wish reported.

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water approximately 157 nautical mile s off of Pensacola, Florida, Thursday #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: Coast Guard searching for person in water off Pensacola #AceNewsDesk reports

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday of a man with dark hair, wearing a red shirt, and seen facedown in the water.

A passenger aboard the cruise ship initially spotted the man and alerted crewmembers. The cruise ship conducted searches in the area for approximately two hours.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft crew was diverted at 11:42 a.m. Thursday to assist in the search.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Sector Mobile at (251) 441-6211.

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SRINAGAR, INDIA: Suspected militants attacked an army garrison in Kashmir on Thursday, #killing three soldiers amid an uptick in violence in the restive region #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: The incident occurred just a day after Indian authorities in the area ordered internet service providers to block 22 social media services including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for a month to maintain “public order” Pakistan Tribune reported #AceNewsDesk

Indian soldiers killed as militants storm army camp in held Kashmir Army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said two attackers were also #killed during the pre-dawn assault in Kupwara district near the de facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Search operations were in progress to see if more attackers were hiding.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the Kashmir valley, one of the world’s most heavily militarised spots where most people favour independence or a merger with mainly Muslim Pakistan.

Clashes between rebels and government forces have become more frequent since the killing of a popular rebel leader, Burhan Wani, by Indian security forces last July which sparked widespread unrest.

In September, 19 Indian soldiers were #killed in an attack on the Uri army base, which India blamed on Pakistan-backed militants and which pushed tensions to dangerous levels.

Wednesday’s move to block social media was the first time the government took such a step, although it regularly blocks the mobile internet signal in the volatile valley.

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