Election officials in 21 states have been notified by the Department of Homeland Security that hackers targeted voter registration systems ahead of last year's presidential election. In most cases, the systems were not breached. A small number of networks were compromised, but those affected were not involved in the actual tallying of votes. In most of the states, the targeting involved preparatory activity, such as scanning computer systems. Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin had confirmed they had been targeted as of Friday evening.
Country Fresh is recalling 30,000 cases of various packaged veggies because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can lead to serious and fatal infection for young, elderly or immunosuppressed people. The Conroe, Texas-based company announced Friday that the recall affects packages shipped to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, and with the "best if used by" dates between Aug. 7 and Aug. 19, 2016. Affected items are in a clear plastic container or in Styrofoam trays wrapped with clear plastic film. They were sold at various vendors, including Publix, Wal-Mart, Winn Dixie, Harris Teeter Supermarkets and BI-LO. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company hasn't received any reports of illness linked with the products.
Researchers Take First Steps Toward A Preventative Alzheimer's Pill FDA has approved an IND to conduct clinical trials with the Cuba-manufactured vaccine for non-small cell lung cancer. Today's death of Cuba's 90-year-old former totalitarian leader, Fidel Castro, is generating reflection of some of the positive aspects of science and healthcare to emerge under a Communist regime. But as the New York Times' Anthony DePalma wrote this morning, "His legacy in Cuba and elsewhere has been a mixed record of social progress and abject poverty, of racial equality and political persecution, of medical advances and a degree of misery comparable to the conditions that existed in Cuba when he entered Havana as a victorious guerrilla commander in 1959." One of those medical advances is a lung cancer vaccine called CIMAvax that is about to undergo clinical trials testing at Roswell Park Institute in Buffalo, New York. The immunotherapeutic isn't a vaccine in the conventional sense where the immune system is harnessed to attack the cancer itself.
Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Ukip party and prominent Leave campaigner in the Brexit referendum in June, has been shortlisted for Time magazine's person of the year award. Farage is one of the 11 contenders named by the U.S. publication alongside U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As head of the U.K. Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment," the magazine said. The other contenders are U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, residents of Flint, Michigan, who blew the whistle on lead-poisoned water and Russia's CRISPR scientists, who have developed technology that can edit DNA. Last year's winner was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
President Donald Trump trashed the Russia investigation once again last week at a rally in West Virginia, saying that "there were no Russians in our campaign" and denouncing "a total fabrication" to enthralled supporters. "Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania?" he asked mockingly. "Are there any Russians here tonight? There may well have been, for anyone in the crowd scrolling through a smartphone. As Trump spoke, Russian-linked social-media networks were busy attacking Trump's national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, using the same type of digital operations that the Kremlin deployed against the 2016 presidential election.