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National news briefs — compiled April 11


White House denies NSA link to bug

The Obama administration denied Friday that the National Security Agency or other parts of the federal government had known about the Heartbleed security vulnerability that has created widespread fears that passwords and other sensitive information belonging to millions of Internet users may have been revealed over the past two years. The White House was responding to a report by Bloomberg News citing two unidentified sources who said that the NSA had known about the flaw and “regularly used it to gather critical intelligence.” Outside experts expressed strong doubts about the report, noting that the information that could be gleaned from the Heartbleed bug was somewhat random, meaning that it probably would be a clumsy intelligence tool.


Passengers fall ill on cruise ship

Passengers sailing on the Grandeur of the Seas from the Port of Baltimore have been sickened on two consecutive trips, federal health officials say. The most recent outbreak occurred on the Royal Caribbean International vessel, which left Baltimore on April 5 for a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said Friday.


Two fall to their deaths at mine

Two workers fell to their deaths Friday inside a southeast Missouri mine that has been the site of two other fatal accidents since 2000. The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. at a lime mine operated by the Mississippi Lime Co. Ste. Genevieve County Coroner Leo Basler said the men were in a basket, or boom, extended from a truck several feet below, removing loose rock from either the wall or the ceiling of the mine.


Casino sues high-stakes gambler

A casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world. The lawsuit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards in baccarat. The technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasions between April and October 2012, the casino asserted in its lawsuit.


Woman sentenced in stabbing case

A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head. Ana Trujillo was convicted of murder Tuesday by the same jury for killing Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, during an argument last June.

Compiled from wire reports.


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