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OPM: 5.6 Million Fingerprints Hacked in Data Breach

Johan Swanepoel/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As an investigation into the breach that affected the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and put individuals’ personal information at risk, the OPM said Wednesday that the number of people whose fingerprints were stolen was actually closer to 5.6 million than the original estimation of 1.1 million.

The agency says that the overall number of people impacted by the breach remains at 21.5 million, but that some archived records containing fingerprint data had not been previously analyzed. Those records were identified by the OPM and the Department of Defense.

An OPM press release notes that misuse of fingerprint data is limited in terms of what the perpetrators of the hack could do. Still, that could change over time, which has prompted to OPM to enlist help from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, DOD and other members of the intelligence community to develop means to prevent such misuse.

The OPM reiterated that those impacted by the data intrusion, as well as minor-dependent children, are eligible for identity theft and fraud protection services at no cost. Notification to those impacted will continue to be mailed on a rolling basis.

“OPM and our partners across government are working to protect the safety and security of the information of Federal employees, service-members, contractors, and others who provide their information to us,” the statement reads.

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Oklahoma Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Training People to Deceive Polygraph

fotokon/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to two years in prison after he allegedly trained customers of his website, Polygraph.com, to lie and conceal crimes and misconduct during lie-detector tests.

Douglas Williams, 69, is a former Oklahoma City law enforcement officer as well as the owner of Polygraph.com. He pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and three counts of witness tampering in May 2015. As part of his plea, Williams admitting to owning and operating Polygraph.com and using the site to train people to hide disqualifying information when undergoing polygraph examinations.

Williams specifically admitted to training an individual posing as federal law enforcement to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity from an internal agency investigation. He also admitted to training a second individual who was seeking federal employment to conceal crimes in a pre-employment polygraph.

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Okla. Teacher Accused of Stopping Boy from Writing with Left Hand

Lizalica/iStock/Thinkstock(OKEMAH, Okla.) — An Oklahoma mother says her son’s teacher shamed the 4-year-old lefty into writing with his other hand.

Zayde Sands has always favored his left hand, but after coming home from Oakes Elementary in Okemah recently, he started using his right hand, mom Alisha Sands says.

“We were just working with his homework and I had noticed he was using his right hand instead of his left,” Sands said.

So Sands sent the teacher a note, she says, and the teacher responded with a message of her own: sending an article home in the boy’s folder, stating southpaws have often been considered “unlucky or inauspicious” and that some cultures associated lefties with “the idea of wickedness.”

“I thought I had read it wrong,” she said.

Sands complained to the school but, for now, the teacher hasn’t been disciplined.

Oklahoma’s Department of Education, which has not named the teacher, released a statement saying it is investigating the matter.

“It is deeply disturbing if the allegations are accurate,” the statement reads. “No young child should be made to feel shame because of the hand he or she favors.”

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Pope Francis Arrives at the White House to More Than 11,000 Fans

Credit: The White House(WASHINGTON) — The papal visit officially started Wednesday morning when Pope Francis arrived at the White House.

People have been lining the streets of Washington D.C., hoping to catch a glimpse, since the very early hours of the morning.

President Obama was sure to welcome Pope Francis to “the people’s house” even before the pontiff arrived, sending out a tweet to his official account.

Same goes for the South Lawn of the White House, where there are 11,000 ticketed guests not including White House staff, military, volunteers or press, according to a White House spokesman. Prior to Wednesday, the White House had said they expected between 14,000 and 15,000 people.

Pope Francis stopped and greeted fans outside of the residence where he is staying before he got in the Fiat he is using during his Washington trip and headed over to the White House.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle greeted the pope when he arrived, a few minutes later than expected. The two men then proceeded to the podium on the South Lawn, standing side by side while the Holy See’s national anthem was played, followed by the American national anthem.

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President Obama Declares Major Disaster in California After Wildfires

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has declared a major disaster in California after the devastating Valley wildfire.

The president has ordered federal aid to the area affected by the wildfire.

In a press release from the White House, “The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Lake County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”

At least five deaths are attributed to the wildfires, with two people having died in the Butte Fire in the foothills east of Sacramento.

Three other deaths are blamed on the Valley Fire in the Napa area.

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See Officers’ Touching Gesture at Wedding for Daughter of Slain Deputy

Angela Lyons Photography(SEATTLE) — The traditional father-daughter dance was a moment the bride, guests and even the photographer will never forget at Kirsten Mundell’s wedding this weekend in Bonney Lake, Washington.

Almost six years ago, Mundell’s father, Kent Mundell, a sheriff’s deputy in Pierce County, Washington, died in the line of duty, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.

“It’s hard realizing it’s been almost six years and he’s not going to be there,” Mundell told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.

But Mundell made sure to honor her dad at her wedding with a seat in the front row. And while Mundell asked one of her dad’s fellow officers to walk her down the aisle, she had no idea what was planned for the father-daughter dance, wedding photographer Angela Lyons told ABC News.

Mundell’s dance began with family friend Det. Don Jones, who had walked her down the aisle, KOMO-TV said.

Then, in a tear-jerking moment caught on video, other law enforcement officers and her father’s friends cut in.

“When the dance started, I started tearing up,” Lyons told ABC News. “When the other officers started cutting in for the dance … she is a very strong girl, she didn’t cry all day, she was trying to hold it together … but you can see in the photos … the emotion.”

“It was very moving,” Lyons said. “It was very difficult to shoot …. you just felt that with her.”
“All of a sudden someone taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘Can I cut in?’ and I was shocked,” Mundell told KOMO-TV.

“He said, ‘There’s a whole line of us.’ And right as he said that is when the next officer cut in and I just broke down,” she said.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” Jones said, according to KOMO-TV.

Mundell called it the “best wedding surprise ever.”

“People need to know that their family’s lives go on,” Mundell said to KOMO-TV, “but they’re still affected by it every day.”

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Pope Francis Arrives in the US for Historic Visit

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Pope Francis has touched down on American soil, marking the start of his historic visit to the United States.

The head of the Catholic church arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

He is slated to be greeted by President Obama, the first family and Vice President Joe Biden, which is a welcome even more special than many heads of state receive when they travel to the U.S.

Pope Francis was escorted to the plane in Santiago by Raul Castro along with an honor guard and military band carrying the Cuban and Vatican flags.

The visit to Washington D.C. will last through Thursday, and will include a landmark address to Congress which none of the previous three popes who visited the U.S. have done. From there, he will travel to New York City, where he will stay until Saturday morning when he will travel to Philadelphia. He will stay in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ until Sunday night, when he takes an evening flight back to the Vatican.

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Pope Francis in the US: How He’ll Be Traveling

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The pope is coming to America. That’s right: Pope Francis is set to touch down on American soil Tuesday for the very first time.

The head of the Catholic Church kicked-off his current overseas trip in Cuba on Saturday, and departed Tuesday for his maiden voyage to America, which begins in its capital city. From Washington, D.C., Pope Francis will continue his expected six-day stint in the U.S. in New York City and Philadelphia before heading home to Vatican City.

From the uber-high security detail to the enormous traveling entourage and everything in between, here’s how the globetrotting pontiff will get from point A to point B during his stay in America.

When the Pope travels, he brings what amounts to a mini-Vatican along with him. According to Crux, the pope’s traveling church entourage includes about 30 people, such as the Vatican clergy and employees of the Vatican press office.

Pope Francis doesn’t speak English as strongly as he does other languages, so his official translator for his trip to America, Monsignor Mark Miles, will remain close to the pope during his visit. Msgr. Miles was the man by Pope Francis’ side when President Obama visited him at the Vatican March 27, 2014.

Also accompanying the pope during his tour of America is a massive security detail. Vatican Security and the U.S. Secret Service have teamed up to provide protection during his stay.

Where the Pope Is Staying in D.C.

While in Washington, Pope Francis will stay at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States, colloquially known as the “Vatican Embassy.” Located on the portion of Massachusetts Avenue known as “Embassy Row,” the Vatican Embassy boasts a chapel, beautiful stained-glass windows and a small outdoor garden.

What the Pope Brings With Him

He may be arguably the most famous person in the world, but Pope Francis isn’t above carrying his own luggage.

The pope was first seen carrying his own baggage in 2013 while boarding the papal plane for a trip to Brazil. During the press conference on the papal return flight, Pope Francis revealed what he carries in his traveling black leather satchel: A razor, a breviary, an appointment book and a book to read.

“I was carrying it because that’s what I’ve always done. When I travel, I carry it,” the pope said.

Sure enough, Pope Francis was seen toting the black bag upon his departure for Cuba on Saturday.

The Pope’s Ride

The famous “Popemobile,” which allows Popes to elevate above crowds, isn’t always the same car. There are several different vehicles that make up a larger papal vehicle fleet. A modified Jeep Wrangler will serve as his Popemobile American ride. The Popemobile bares the custom license plate “SCV 1,” the initials for Status Civitatis Vaticanae, Latin for Vatican City State.

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Chris Christie Orders NJ National Guard Leader to Lose Weight

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking someone else to lose weight — the leader of the state’s National Guard.

The 2016 presidential candidate, who has struggled with his own weight problems for years, has given Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff 90 days to meet the U.S. military’s fitness requirements and slim down after learning he was reprimanded by the Pentagon last year for his excessive weight and for missing physical-fitness tests.

As commander and chief of the New Jersey National Guard, Christie is in charge of 8,400 soldiers and airmen.

Christie spokesperson Kevin Roberts said the governor was informed of the issue last week and is urging the general to come into compliance with all military requirements.

“The Governor has expressed directly to the General that his failure to meet that standard or to provide notification of his formal reprimand is both unacceptable and disappointing,” Roberts said in a statement. “The Governor has directed General Cunniff to meet his obligations in the next 90 days.”

Christie’s order comes after his staff told The Washington Post that the governor was unaware the general was not meeting Air Force fitness standards.

In a written statement from the National Guard, Cunniff admits struggling with his weight in his adult life and for not meeting his fitness requirements in recent years.

“Many people struggle with weight control — I am not immune from this. Just as I afford every opportunity to each Soldier and Airmen to meet these standards, so will I,” Cunniff said. “I take this matter seriously and am taking the necessary steps to remedy this issue by being involved in a rigorous physical fitness training program and have sought the assistance of a nutritionist.”

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Pope Francis Leaves Cuba and Is Headed to the US

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Pope Francis is en route to the United States after leaving Cuba slightly earlier than expected.

The head of the Catholic church is slated to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

He will be greeted by President Obama, the first family and Vice President Joe Biden, which is a welcome even more special than many heads of state receive when they travel to the U.S.

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