Rep. Mike Pence: Obama's tax package a 'bad deal'
December 16th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Rep. Mike Pence: Obama's tax package a 'bad deal'

The Indiana congressman believes the tax compromise is "bad deal "for American taxpayers and cannot support it. He believes the two year extension of tax cuts only insures uncertainty and is not a foundation for economic growth.

Pence explains on CNN's American Morning, if the tax cuts are made permanent it will help businesses add jobs.

Data on 760,000 at risk after university's server hacked
December 16th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

Data on 760,000 at risk after university's server hacked

Someone hacked into a computer server at The Ohio State University, putting 760,000 people's personal data at risk, the university said Wednesday.

The server that was illegally accessed contained names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for current and former students, faculty members, staff, applicants, consultants and contractors, the university said.

It doesn't appear that anyone's personal data were accessed, the university said, but Ohio State is providing a year of free credit protection services to those potentially affected.

"We are committed to maintaining the privacy of sensitive information and continually work to enhance our systems and practices to reduce the likelihood of such events occurring," Provost Joseph A. Alutto said on the university's website.

The breach occurred in October, but the university waited for forensic investigators to give their reports and school officials to develop solutions before notifying potential victims and the public, Ohio State's student newspaper, The Lantern, reported.

Those experts, Interhack of Columbus and Stroz Friedberg of New York, determined that the hackers wanted to use the server to launch cyberattacks, not steal identities, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported.

The hacked database did not contain anyone's medical information, CNN affiliate WBNS reported.

The university expects the investigation and credit protection services to cost it $4 million, according to the Dispatch.

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Report: 27 fishermen missing in South China Sea
December 16th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Report: 27 fishermen missing in South China Sea

At least 27 fishermen were missing after a Vietnam-registered vessel sank in the South China Sea, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing maritime rescue authorities.

Strong gales caused the Phu Tan to capsize and sink and the fishermen fell overboard, the report said.

The accident occurred about 110 nautical miles to the west of Sanya City in the southern island province of Hainan, a South China Sea Salvage Bureau spokesman said.

A rescue vessel was headed to the site of the sinking, and a towboat was ordered to assist.

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Unemployment claims drift lower
December 16th, 2010
08:57 AM ET

Unemployment claims drift lower

The number of Americans filing for their first week of unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell for a second straight week last week, according to a government report released Thursday.

The number of initial claims fell to 420,000 in the week ending Dec. 11, down 3,000 from 423,000 claims filed the week before, the Labor Department said. It was the second lowest level of the year.

Economists surveyed by Briefing.com were expecting 425,000 new claims.

Read more of CNNMoney.com's coverage on unemployment claims
Court condemns Irish ban on abortion
December 16th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Court condemns Irish ban on abortion

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Ireland's laws on abortion Thursday, ruling the country violated the human rights of a woman forced to go abroad to end her pregnancy.

It did not, however, recommend a change to Irish law, which prohibits abortion in all cases.

The woman, a Lithuanian national who was not named, was in remission from a rare form of cancer and unaware she was pregnant when she had a series of check-ups not advised during pregnancy, the court said.

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Thursday's live video events
December 16th, 2010
07:41 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

It's another busy day at CNN.com Live, as the White House releases its report on Afghanistan, WikiLeaks takes center stage on Capitol Hill and the tax cut debate goes to the House.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - SAG award nominations - The best in film and television will be honored at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, but what will be nominated?  Actresses Rosario Dawson and Angie Harmon will assist in unveiling the nominees.

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14 civilians die in Afghanistan bombing
December 16th, 2010
06:37 AM ET

14 civilians die in Afghanistan bombing

Fourteen civilians were killed and four others injured when a minibus struck a roadside bomb while traveling to Herat, Afghanistan, an official said.

Shafiq Behrazian, spokesman for the governor of Herat Province, said the minibus was traveling from Koshk-e-Kohna district to the main part of the city of Herat when it hit a bomb that had been planted on the road.

All the dead belonged to a family heading to an engagement celebration, Behrazian added.

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