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national lead

May 19th, 2014
04:27 PM ET

More than 90 people nabbed in global hacker crackdown

Washington (CNN) – It is nicknamed "creepware," and more than half-a-million people around the world have been prey to its silent computer snooping.

Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf was one of them in a well-publicized case of hacking associated with the malware called Blackshades.

Now, an international crackdown by the FBI and police in 19 countries has brought more than 90 arrests in what authorities say is a serious strike against a widespread and growing problem.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York told reporters the global investigation "exposed and crippled a frightening form of cyber crime that has affected hundreds of thousands of users around the world."

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national lead

May 15th, 2014
04:59 PM ET

Shinseki 'mad as hell' about VA allegations, but won't resign

Washington (CNN) - Under withering criticism, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki told a Senate committee on Thursday that he was "mad as hell" about allegations of deadly waiting times and coverup at VA hospitals but he doesn't plan to resign.

"Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell," Shinseki said at the first congressional hearing since reports of 40 deaths in Phoenix that may be due to a lack of timely care for veterans.

Noting an inspector general's investigation was already underway, Shinseki said that "we will act" on any substantiated allegation, an assurance that angered senators from both parties who insisted the problems are real and need immediate action.

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buried lead

May 13th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Letters reveal private thoughts of young Jackie Kennedy

Washington (CNN) - She wrote of being in love, falling out of love, fearing a marriage to a skirt-chaser and then loving that marriage, and believing in God to hold on to the hope of reuniting with her assassinated husband.

Letters that a young Jacqueline Bouvier, and later a married Jackie Kennedy, wrote to a Catholic priest in Ireland offer a rare and revealing glimpse of the private thoughts of one of America's most admired first ladies.

An icon of style and elegance, she came to symbolize an administration nicknamed Camelot that ended with the violent death of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.

Over a period from when she first met the Rev. Joseph Leonard on a trip to Ireland in 1950 until he died in 1964, she wrote him more than two dozen letters.

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politics lead

April 2nd, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns

Washington (CNN) - If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle.

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politics lead

February 28th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

What we found in the Clinton documents

(CNN) – A new look at the inner workings of the Clinton White House emerged Friday, with the National Archives and Records Administration releasing a first batch of confidential memos and papers.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 pages of documents came out shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

Highlights from the Clinton White House documents | View the documents

Heavy demand appeared to disable the website of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library for some users in the first minutes after the documents were released.

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