NEW YORK

Security breach hits Yahoo

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo’s email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn’t say how many accounts have been affected. Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google’s Gmail, according to the research firm comScore. There are 273 million Yahoo mail accounts worldwide, including 81 million in the United States. It’s the latest in a string of security breaches that have allowed hackers to nab personal information using software that analysts say is ever more sophisticated. As many as 70 million customers of Target stores had their personal information and credit and debit card numbers compromised late last year.

GREENVILLE, KY.

9 family members die in fire

The bodies of eight children and their mother were found huddled together in a master bedroom and a ninth body was found just steps away, victims of an early morning fire Thursday from which only the father and an 11-year-old daughter escaped after it ripped through a modest home in western Kentucky. The fire started accidentally with combustible material against an electric heater in a bedroom, the Kentucky State Police said.

WASHINGTON

Congressman set to retire

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., one of Congress’ fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of the year after 20 two-year terms in the House.

NEW ORLEANS

Crews lose control of gas rig

Crews lost control of a natural gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast Thursday, but officials said no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts were underway to stop the flow of gas. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said most crew members were evacuated from the rig, which was drilling in 262 feet of water about 108 miles southwest of Lafayette.

Compiled from wire reports.