Pentagon reveals cyber breach of travel records
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.