Stolen data includes active-duty personnel

Thursday, June 8, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers expressed alarm Wednesday that personal information for nearly all active-duty military, Guard and Reserve members -- about 2.2 million total -- was among those stolen from a Department of Veterans Affairs employee last month. In a letter, some 150 House Democrats called on President Bush to request new emergency funding to provide free credit monitoring and credit reports for all veterans and military personnel in a widening data and national security breach. VA secretary Jim Nicholson said Tuesday the agency was mistaken when it said over the weekend that up to 50,000 Navy and National Guard personnel were among the 26.5 million veterans whose names, birthdates and Social Security numbers were stolen May 3. The number is actually much higher because the VA realized it had records on file for most active-duty personnel because they are eligible to receive VA benefits such as GI Bill educational assistance and the home loan guarantee program.

Police detain man in lobby of Parliament

LONDON -- Britain's Houses of Parliament were closed briefly Wednesday when police responded to the report of a man spraying a mysterious substance in the central lobby, authorities said. The man was detained after spraying the substance, which was being tested for its contents, police said. The substance was sprayed in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster, which contains both houses. No one was allowed to enter the building until police lifted the alert.

Pat Robertson says he really did leg-press a ton

NORFOLK, Va. -- Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says it is the God's honest truth -- he did, indeed, once leg-press a ton when he was almost 73 and had prostate cancer, and he still regularly lifts up to 1,200 pounds with his legs. But he acknowledged that the way he leg-presses would not be legal in a bodybuilding competition. The "700 Club" host's feat is recounted on the Web site of his Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach. A spokeswoman recently released a photo she said showed Robertson leg-pressing 2,000 pounds on Feb. 1, 2003. Robertson had surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland later that month and turned 73 that March. But he said he did the 2,000-pound lift on an incline leg press with the machine's brake on, which means he did not have to lift the weight the whole way.

Funeral held for 6 of 7 slain in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS -- Six caskets lined the front of a church sanctuary Wednesday as mourners filed in to remember three generations of an Indianapolis family shot to death during a robbery. Three of the victims were young children, one of them a 5-year-old boy who had been staying with his grandmother while his mother ran an errand. The six and Alberto Covarrubias, 56, were shot to death in the home June 1 when two men broke in in search of a safe rumored to hold money and drugs -- a rumor police have said was fiction. Prosecutors planned to introduce formal charges against the two men Wednesday.

Nigeria militants say they kidnapped 5 S. Koreans

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Gunmen in speedboats attacked a Shell gas plant early Wednesday, sparking a firefight and kidnapping five South Korean contractors in the latest violence to hit Africa's leading crude producer. Six Nigerian soldiers and one of the assailants were killed in the raid, according to the Movement for the Emancipation for the Niger Delta, which claimed responsibility. Police spokesman Haz Iwendi in the capital, Abuja, could not confirm any deaths, but said one policeman was in critical condition after being shot and four civilians were injured.

-- From wire reports

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