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Tropical Storm Rosa heads for U.S. Southwest, primed to soak Las Vegas

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Randy Hoeft/ The Yuma Sun through AP In this Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 picture, an automobile drives east on a flooded street following a rain storm, in Yuma, Ariz. Tropical Storm Rosa neared Mexico’s Baja California on Monday, spreading out heavy rains that were forecasted to extend into a drenching of the U.S. Southwest.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018|11:30 p.m.

PHOENIX– After soaking northwestern Mexico with heavy rains as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, reportedly claiming at least one victim, Hurricane Rosa is expected to drench the U.S. Southwest.

From Arizona to Utah, some residents filled sandbags in anticipation of heavy rains projections and potential flooding.

The center of Rosa, which was a cyclone till late Sunday, was anticipated to hit Baja California and Sonora by early Tuesday, bringing 3 to 6 inches of rain, the U.S. National Cyclone Center said.

It’s then anticipated to move rapidly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches of rain to central and southern Arizona and 1 to 2 inches to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. Isolated areas might see a lot more rainfall.

In southern Arizona, heavy rain Monday flooded streets in Yuma and triggered power failures in parts of the city. At least 6 roadways in Tucson were closed since of flash flooding from washes that overruned.

The Utah National Guard was activated Monday to assist in flood mitigation efforts in Utah County.

The National Weather condition Service previously announced flash flood sees through Wednesday for areas including southern Nevada, southeastern California, southwestern and main Utah and the western two-thirds of Arizona.

Projections require heavy rains in the watch locations, which include Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, with possible flooding in slot canyons and usually dry washes and a potential for landslides and particles streams from current wildfire burn scars.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Phoenix said central and northern Arizona stood to get struck with the heaviest amounts of rainfall.

Metropolitan Phoenix, where temperatures were above 100 degrees Fahrenheit just a few days back, had actually currently cooled to the 80s on Monday thanks to Rosa.

Moisture associated with the storm got here ahead of it, bringing rain Sunday night and Monday morning.

Phoenix meteorologist Jaret Rogers stated more showers were expected across main Arizona prior to a weakened Rosa was to show up in the location Tuesday early morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the whole Phoenix location is anticipated to see in between 1 and 2 inches of rain. However some locations might see in between 2 to 3 inches.

” All that suggests is conditions agree with for flash flooding if it rains,” Rogers said. “It doesn’t imply something’s imminent.”

Rosa’s optimum sustained winds had decreased to 40 mph as of Monday afternoon, and the storm’s center was heading north-northeast at 10 miles per hour.

The Civil Defense company for Baja California state said schools were closed Monday in a number of communities, consisting of the state capital of Mexicali, throughout the border from Calexico, California; San Felipe, on the northern Sea of Cortez; and south of Ensenada, on the peninsula’s Pacific coast.

Federal authorities declared a state of emergency for Ensenada and Mexicali. Various Mexican media outlets reported that a woman was swept away by floodwaters and drowned in the city of Caborca, Sonora, on the Sea of Cortez.

On The Other Hand, Hurricane Sergio was reinforcing in the Pacific and was anticipated to reach typhoon force, though it presented no immediate risk to land.

Sergio had winds of 70 mph and was focused about 695 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The storm was moving west at 14 mph.

Best Bets: Vans Distorted Trip, the Dirty Heads, Steve Martin & & Martin Short and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Catch the Dirty Heads at Mandalay Bay

rock music at outside occasions on the slate for this weekend throughout the valley. Don’t let the triple-digit temperature levels stop you from taking pleasure in these home entertainment offerings. VANS WARPED TOUR The rather iconic punk and rock summertime tour is winding down after more than two decades of prompting and inspiring youth across the nation. Amongst the headliners for its swan tune at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Friday are Reel Big Wheel, Simple Strategy, 3OH3, The Utilized and Falling in Reverse. The music begins at 11 a.m. June 29, details at dlvec.com. WANDA SYKES The veteran stand-up comedian, writer and producer is deep into her”Oh Well” tour, which is named for the general attitude she’s experiencing in America today.” It’s how we’re living nowadays, “Sykes told me recently.” There’s nothing typical going on, so it’s simply, oh well. I’m having a good time with it.”She goes back to the Treasure Island Theatre Friday night. June 29, details at treasureisland.com. DIRTY HEADS If you can’t get away to your favorite SoCal beach this weekend, the next best thing will be catching Huntington Beach band the Dirty Heads (“My Sweet Summer, “”Lay Me Down”) onstage at Mandalay Bay Beach. Iration, The Movement and Pacific Dub provide reggae-tinged assistance. June 29, info at mandalaybay.com. Related content SUMMERLAND TOUR The Downtown Rocks complimentary show series along the Fremont Street Experience is becoming a Vegas summer organization. Today’s installment brings the SiriusXM Summerland Tour to the Third Street Stage with 1990s alt-rock faves Everclear, Marcy Play Ground and Resident H. June 30, details at vegasexperience.com. STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT Hopefully Sunday’s performance is not the last time these two precious entertainers take the Colosseum stage together as it’s

among the most & distinct, silly and smart programs to strike the Strip. But there’s not another date on the schedule so get to Caesars Palace if you can. July 1, info at thecolosseum.com.

Case of fired North Las Vegas city manager heads to arbitration

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez Former North Las Vegas City Manager Qiong Liu appears at a city council meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018|8:45 p.m.

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Former North Las Vegas City Manager Qiong Liu withdrew her ask for a public hearing to examine her termination from the city tonight quickly prior to the council was to begin procedures.

Instead, a resolution was passed settling her departure and calling for an arbitrator to rule on her payment.

“I do not concur with the grounds stated in the agenda item and would advise members of the city board to vote versus the resolution, however I comprehend you are unlikely to do so in light of your vote on Feb. 7,” Liu said in a statement.

The council last month voted to end Liu’s contract after it states she attempted to provide herself a $30,000 retroactive pay boost. But her contract didn’t license such a boost without approval from the council.

The independent arbitrator will figure out if the termination is with or without cause– a ruling that will impact her payment.

“This is the most effective usage of taxpayers’ cash,” city lawyer Gregory Kamer stated.

If the arbitrator finds that Liu was unjustly ended, she will be entitled to around $700,000 worth of advantages, according to the Delen Goldberg, North Las Vegas’ public info officer. If the ruling is termination for cause, she ‘d still be entitled to $300,000 worth of benefits including ill pay, holiday pay and holiday leave.

She began as an executive in 2004 with North Las Vegas and rose to city manager in late 2014.

FBI offered heads-up to portion of Russian hackers' ' United States targets

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AP Photo/J. David Ake Traffic along Pennsylvania Opportunity in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Examination head office building Wednesday night, Nov. 1, 2017. Scores of U.S. diplomatic, military and government figures were not informed about efforts to hack into their e-mails although the FBI knew they remained in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has learned.

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017|3:26 p.m.

WASHINGTON– The FBI cannot inform ratings of U.S. authorities that Russian hackers were attempting to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for a minimum of a year that the targets were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has discovered.

Nearly 80 interviews with Americans targeted by Fancy Bear, a Russian government-aligned cyberespionage group, turned up only 2 cases where the FBI had offered a heads-up. Even senior policymakers discovered they were targets just when the AP informed them, a scenario some described as strange and dispiriting.

“It’s utterly confounding,” stated Philip Reiner, a former senior director at the National Security Council, who was alerted by the AP that he was targeted in 2015. “You have actually got to inform your people. You have actually got to safeguard your individuals.”

The FBI decreased to discuss its examination into Fancy Bear’s spying project, but did offer a statement that said in part: “The FBI regularly informs people and companies of potential danger details.”

3 individuals knowledgeable about the matter– including a present and a previous federal government authorities– said the FBI has understood for more than a year the details of Fancy Bear’s attempts to get into Gmail inboxes. A senior FBI authorities, who was not licensed to publicly discuss the hacking operation because of its sensitivity, declined to discuss when it received the target list, however said that the bureau was overwhelmed by the large number of tried hacks.

“It refers triaging to the very best of our capability the volume of the targets who are out there,” he stated.

The AP did its own triage, devoting two months and a little team of reporters to go through a hit list of Fancy Bear targets supplied by the cybersecurity company Secureworks.

Previous AP examinations based upon the list have demonstrated how Fancy Bear operated in close positioning with the Kremlin’s interests to take tens of thousands of e-mails from the Democratic Party. The hacking project disrupted the 2016 U.S. election and cast a shadow over the presidency of Donald Trump, whom U.S. intelligence agencies say the hackers were aiming to help. The Russian federal government has denied interfering in the American election.

The Secureworks list consists of 19,000 lines of targeting data. Going through it, the AP identified more than 500 U.S.-based people or groups and connected to more than 190 of them, speaking with nearly 80 about their experiences.

Numerous were long-retired, however about one-quarter were still in government or held security clearances at the time they were targeted. Only two informed the AP they found out of the hacking attempts on their individual Gmail accounts from the FBI. A couple of more were called by the FBI after their e-mails were published in the gush of leaks that surged through in 2015’s electoral contest. However to this day, some leakage victims have actually not spoken with the bureau at all.

Charles Sowell, who formerly worked as a senior administrator in the Workplace of the Director of National Intelligence and was targeted by Fancy Bear 2 years back, stated there was no factor the FBI could not do the exact same work the AP did.

“It’s absolutely not OK for them to use an excuse that there’s too much information,” Sowell said. “Would that hold water if there were a serial killer investigation, and people were employing ideas left and right, and they were holding up their hands and saying, ‘It’s excessive’? That’s absurd.”

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“IT’S CURIOUS”

The AP found couple of traces of the bureau’s query as it launched its own investigation two months earlier.

In October, two AP journalists went to THCServers.com, a brightly lit, family-run web business on the previous grounds of a communist-era chicken farm outside the Romanian city of Craiova. That’s where somebody registered DCLeaks.com, the very first of three websites to release caches of e-mails coming from Democrats and other U.S. authorities in mid-2016.

DCLeaks was clearly connected to Fancy Bear. Previous AP reporting found that all but among the website’s victims had actually been targeted by the hacking group prior to their emails were discarded online.

Yet THC founder Catalin Florica said he was never ever approached by police.

“It wonders,” Florica said. “You are the very first ones that contact us.”

THC simply signed up the site, a basic procedure that typically takes just a couple of minutes. But the response was comparable at the Kuala Lumpur workplaces of the Malaysian web business Shinjiru Innovation, which hosted DCLeaks’ stolen apply for the period of the electoral project.

The business’s president, Terence Choong, said he had actually never ever heard of DCLeaks until the AP contacted him.

“Exactly what is the concern with it?” he asked.

Concerns over the FBI’s handling of Fancy Bear’s broad hacking sweep date to March 2016, when agents got here unannounced at Hillary Clinton’s head office in Brooklyn to warn her campaign about a surge of rogue, password-stealing emails.

The agents offered little more than generic security ideas the campaign had actually already implemented and refused to state who they believed was behind the attempted invasions, according to an individual who was there and spoke on condition of privacy due to the fact that the discussion was meant to be personal.

Concerns emerged once again after it was revealed that the FBI never took custody of the Democratic National Committee’s computer system server after it was penetrated by Fancy Bear in April 2016. Previous FBI Director James Comey affirmed this year that the FBI sweated off a copy of the server, which he described as an “appropriate replacement.”

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“MAKES ME UNFORTUNATE”

Retired Maj. James Phillips was one of the very first people to have the contents of his inbox released by DCLeaks when the website made its June 2016 launching.

However the Army veteran stated he didn’t realize his personal e-mails were “flapping in the breeze” till a reporter phoned him 2 months later.

“The fact that a press reporter told me about DCLeaks kind of makes me unfortunate,” he stated. “I want it had been a federal government source.”

Phillips’ story would be duplicated again and once again as the AP spoke to authorities from the National Defense University in Washington to the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.

Amongst them: a former head of the Defense Intelligence Company, retired Lt. Gen. Patrick Hughes; a previous head of Air Force Intelligence, retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula; a previous defense undersecretary, Eric Edelman; and a previous director of cybersecurity for the Air Force, retired Lt. Gen. Mark Schissler.

Retired Maj. Gen. Brian Keller, a former director of military assistance at the Geospatial Intelligence Agency, was not notified, after DCLeaks published his emails to the web. In a phone call with AP, Keller stated he still wasn’t clear on what had actually happened, who had hacked him or whether his data was still at threat.

“Should I be fretted or alarmed or anything?” asked Keller, who left the spy satellite firm in 2010 and now operates in private market.

Not all the interviewees felt the FBI had a duty to notify them.

“Perhaps optimistically, I have to conclude that a threat analysis was done and I was ruled out a high adequate danger to justify making contact,” stated a previous Air Force chief of staff, retired Gen. Norton Schwartz, who was targeted by Fancy Bear in 2015.

Others argued that the FBI might have wanted to avoid tipping the hackers off or that there were a lot of individuals to inform.

“The expectation that the federal government is going to secure everybody and return to everyone is false,” stated Nicholas Eftimiades, a retired senior technical officer at the Defense Intelligence Company who teaches homeland security at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg and was himself among the targets.

But the federal government is supposed to try, said Michael Daniel, who functioned as President Barack Obama’s White Home cybersecurity planner.

Daniel wouldn’t comment straight on why a lot of Fancy Bear targets weren’t alerted in this case, however he said the issue of how when to alert people “frankly still requires more work.”

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“CLOAK-AND-DAGGER”

In the lack of any official warning, a few of those gotten in touch with by AP brushed off the concept that they were taken in by a foreign power’s intelligence service.

“I do not open anything I do not recognize,” said Joseph Barnard, who headed the personnel healing branch of the Air Force’s Air Battle Command.

That might well be true of Barnard; Secureworks’ data recommends he never ever clicked the malicious link sent to him in June 2015. However it isn’t real of everybody.

An AP analysis of the data recommends that from 312 U.S. military and government figures targeted by Fancy Bear, 131 clicked the links sent to them. That might imply that as lots of as 2 in 5 came perilously close to handing over their passwords.

It’s not clear the number of quit their credentials in the end or exactly what the hackers might have acquired.

A few of those accounts hold e-mails that go back years, when even a number of the retired officials still occupied sensitive posts.

Extremely, interviewees informed AP they kept classified material out of their Gmail inboxes, however intelligence experts stated Russian spies could use personal correspondence as a springboard for further hacking, recruitment and even blackmail.

“You begin to know you may be able to take advantage of against that individual,” stated Sina Beaghley, a researcher at the RAND Corp. who served on the NSC up until 2014.

In the few cases where the FBI did caution targets, they were sometimes left little better about exactly what was going on or exactly what to do.

Rob “Butch” Bracknell, a 20-year military veteran who works as a NATO attorney in Norfolk, Virginia, stated an FBI representative visited him about a year ago to examine his e-mails and alert him that a “foreign actor” was trying to get into his account.

“He was genuine cloak-and-dagger about it,” Bracknell stated. “He came here to my work, composed in his little note pad and away he went.”

Left to fend for themselves, some targets have been improvising their cybersecurity.

Retired Gen. Roger A. Brady, who was responsible for American nuclear weapons in Europe as part of his previous function as leader of the United States Flying Force there, turned to Apple support this year when he noticed something suspicious on his computer system. Hughes, a previous DIA head, said he had his hard disk changed by the “Geek Team” at a Best Purchase in Florida after his device started behaving strangely. Keller, the previous senior spy satellite official, said it was his child who informed him his emails had been published to the web after getting a Google alert in June 2016.

A previous U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, who like numerous others was consistently targeted by Fancy Bear however has yet to receive any caution from the FBI, stated the lackluster reaction risked something worse than in 2015’s parade of leakages.

“Our government has to be taking greater duty to protect its citizens in both the physical and cyber worlds, now, before a cyberattack produces a much more catastrophic outcome than we have currently experienced,” McFaul stated.

Donn reported from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Associated Press writers Vadim Ghirda in Carcea, Romania, Chad Day in Washington, Frank Bajak in Houston, Justin Myers in Chicago and Lori Hinnant in Paris contributed to this report.

Sandoval heads to China on trade mission

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015|11:30 p.m.

Carson City–.

Gov. Brian Sandoval left Wednesday for a 10-day economic advancement trade mission to China.

The guv was accompanied by his personnel, lawmakers from other states, economic development executives and the Desert Research study Institute.

The trip is financed partially by the Council of State Federal governments and the Guv’s Office of Economic Advancement. There was no instant quote of just how much the state will chip in.

The group will check out Xi’an, Nanjing, Shanghai and Beijing. It will concentrate on tempting ecological sciences and tech commercialization.

The guv led a trade objective to China on 2012. There have actually not been any reports of Chinese companies relocating to Nevada as a result of that trip.

Accompanying the guv are his Chief Method Officer Dale Erquiaga, Economic Advancement Director Steve Hillside and Desert Research study Institute President Stephen Wells. There are also 3 personnel from the state.

He returns Oct. 25.