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POSTED January 11, 2013 9:43 p.m.

US GOVERNMENT TELLS COMPUTER USERS TO DISABLE JAVA: WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.

The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts.

Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other high-tech mischief.

Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers to write a wide variety of Internet applications and other software programs that can run on just about any computer's operating system.

Oracle Corp. bought Java as part of a $7.3 billion acquisition of the software's creator, Sun Microsystems, in 2010.

11 YEARS FOR STEALING EX-PROSECUTOR'S WALLET: REDWOOD CITY  (AP) — A California man with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for stealing a former district attorney's wallet.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Andrew Michael Jonke knocked on the door of former San Mateo County top prosecutor Keith Sorenson last year and said he needed to retrieve an errant baseball in the backyard.

The following day, Sorenson noticed his wallet was missing.

Investigators say Jonke racked up about $1,000 in credit card charges.

Jonke pleaded no contest to felony theft, felony residential burglary and felony possession of stolen property.

He was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison. The lengthy prison sentence was based on three previous residential burglaries.

TEXAS LT GOW WANTS TEACHERS TRAINED TO USE GUNS: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called Friday for state-funded, specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings.

Dewhurst, a Republican, said school districts would nominate who they wanted to carry weapons on campus. The training would be more extensive than what is currently required for a Texas concealed handgun license and include how to react in an active shooter situation.

JUDGE CONTINUES TO BLOCK PART OF CALIF. INITIATIVE: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking part of a voter-approved ballot initiative related to human trafficking, ruling that the provision likely violates the free speech rights of sex offenders.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson's decision keeps in place an existing injunction against a section of Proposition 35 that requires registered sex offenders to give authorities a list of their Internet providers and screen names.

The ruling does not affect other portions of the November ballot initiative, which toughened penalties on those convicted of human trafficking.

The San Francisco-based judge ruled that opponents represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are likely to prevail in their argument that the provision violates the First Amendment.

Had Henderson not acted, more than 73,000 registered sex offenders would have had to provide their online identities to law enforcement. The initiative also would have required them to report any new account or screen

MAN PARDONED BY BARBOUR INVOLVED IN FATAL SHOOTING : JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says one of the ex-prisoners who received a pardon last year from the state's then-governor was involved in exchange of gunfire that killed another man.

Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan said Wayne Thurman Harris of Slate Springs and Chris McGonagill of Calhoun City got into an argument at a cookout and both of them fired guns. Both were wounded, McGonagill fatally.

Pollan said no charges have been filed because he has not had a chance to interview Harris.

Harris received a full and unconditional pardon from Barbour on Jan. 10, 2012, after serving a sentence for selling marijuana.

 

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