Pen­tagon re­veals cy­ber breach of travel records

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The Pen­tagon says there has been a cy­ber breach of De­fense De­part­ment travel records that com­pro­mised the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and credit card data of U.S. mil­i­tary and civil­ian per­son­nel.

A U.S. of­fi­cial familiar with the mat­ter says the breach could have af­fected as many as 30,000 work­ers, but that num­ber may grow as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues. The breach could have hap­pened some months ago but was only re­cently dis­cov­ered.

The of­fi­cial says no clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion was com­pro­mised. The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the breach is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Pen­tagon says a de­part­ment cy­ber team in­formed lead­ers about the breach on Oct. 4.

Lt. Col. Joseph Buc­cino, a Pen­tagon spokesman, said the de­part­ment is still gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on the size and scope of the hack and who did it.

Chicago sues Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion

The city of Chicago has sued the U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice again for with­hold­ing pub­lic safety grants for the “sanc­tu­ary city’s” re­fusal to co­op­er­ate with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment poli­cies.

The law­suit filed Fri­day in fed­eral court says the ad­min­is­tra­tion hasn’t re­leased the 2017 grants worth mil­lions and that Chicago hasn’t, un­like other cities, re­ceived a key 2018 grant let­ter.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a state­ment that Chicago “will not be bul­lied.” A mes­sage seek­ing com­ment from the Jus­tice De­part­ment wasn’t im­me­di­ately re­turned.

The law­suit says new grant con­di­tions this year in­clude that Chicago not “har­bor” im­mi­grants with­out im­mi­gra­tion pa­pers. Judges largely sided with Chicago in a sim­i­lar 2017 law­suit that also ar­gues the grant con­di­tions are un­con­sti­tu­tional. The Jus­tice De­part­ment con­tin­ues to ap­peal those rul­ings.

First lady ig­nores cheat­ing ru­mors

Me­la­nia Trump says she loves Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and has “much more im­por­tant things to think about” than al­le­ga­tions he cheated on her with a porn star, a Play­boy Play­mate or any­one else.

Mrs. Trump, who was in­ter­viewed by ABC while tour­ing Africa last week, said peo­ple are just spread­ing ru­mors about her mar­riage.

“I know peo­ple like to spec­u­late and me­dia like to spec­u­late about our mar­riage and cir­cu­late the gos­sip,” she said. “But I un­der­stand the gos­sip sells news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines … and, un­for­tu­nately, we live in this kind of world to­day.”

She in­sisted al­le­ga­tions of her hus­band’s in­fi­deli­ties are not a con­cern.

DeVos won’t de­lay for-prof­its rule

The Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment says it will no longer try to de­lay an Obama-era reg­u­la­tion that helped stu­dents de­frauded by for-profit col­leges get their loans for­given.

A fed­eral court ruled last month that Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos’ de­ci­sion to de­lay the reg­u­la­tion, known as bor­rower de­fense, was un­law­ful and that the rule should go into ef­fect. The de­part­ment had un­til next Tues­day to re­spond.

De­part­ment spokes­woman Liz Hill told The Associated Press on Fri­day that Betsy DeVos “re­spects the role of the court and will de­fer to its judg­ment in whether parts of the 2016 rule will go into ef­fect.”

Hill added that many parts of that rule “are bad pol­icy” and the agency will con­tinue work­ing on a new rule that is fair to both stu­dents and tax­pay­ers.

Prince’s es­tate: Stop us­ing his mu­sic

Prince’s sur­viv­ing fam­ily mem­bers are ask­ing Pres­i­dent Trump to stop us­ing the late rock star’s mu­sic at cam­paign ral­lies.

Prince’s “Pur­ple Rain” has fre­quently been on Trump’s playlist at re­cent ral­lies, in­clud­ing last week in South Haven, Mis­sis­sippi.

Nei­ther an at­tor­ney for the es­tate nor a White House spokes­woman im­me­di­ately re­sponded to mes­sages from The Associated Press.

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