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Russian hackers have targeted others
In Europe, their cyberattacks have tried to sway votes, sow discord and undermine governments
Russia’s alleged use of computer hacking to interfere with the U.S. presidential election fits a pattern of similar incidents across Europe for at least a decade.
Cyberattacks in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, France and Austria that investigators attributed to suspected Russian hackers appeared aimed at influencing election results, sowing discord and undermining faith in public institutions that included government agencies, the media and elected officials.
Those investigations bolster U.S. intelligence findings of Russian meddling to help elect Donald Trump, a conclusion the president-elect has disputed — although he conceded Friday after a private intelligence briefing that Russia was among the possible hacking culprits.
“They’ve been very good at using the West’s weaknesses against itself, the open Internet to hack, the free media to sow discord, and to cause people to question the underpinnings of the systems under which they live,” said Hannah Thoburn, a research fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank.
Obamacare repeal jeopardizes mental health, addiction coverage
As Congress works to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the support of President-elect Donald Trump, people with addiction and mental health disorders, their families and treatment providers wonder how patients would maintain their sobriety — and psyches — without insurance coverage.
The people helped the most by the ACA are the ones most likely to suffer from poor mental health and addiction. Nearly 30% of those who got coverage through Medicaid expansion have a mental disorder, such as anxiety or schizophrenia, or an addiction to substances, such as opioids or alcohol, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That compares to the more than 20% of the overall population — 68 million people — who experienced a diagnosable mental health or substance abuse disorder in the past year, the American Psychiatric Association says.
In New Hampshire, which has the highest synthetic opioid death rate in the country, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is reminding Trump about some of his campaign promises in her state.
“He pledged to take on this crisis, not immediately make matters much worse,” Shaheen said in an email Friday. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement is highly reckless and will come at a high cost for people struggling with substance use disorders.”
Tale of two storms : East thaws out while West is drenched
“We’ve made great progress on clearing our roads, but freezing temperatures are not helping our efforts,” said Barry McLamb, emergency management coordinator in Chapel Hill, N.C. He thanked residents of the college community for their patience.
If they couldn’t dream of milder weather, Easterners could look ahead a few days. The National Weather Service said that by midweek temperatures would shoot up – Atlanta expects highs around 70 – and help get rid of residual ice and snow.
There was good news: Two hikers missing for more than a day in the North Carolina mountains without food and water and only a small fire for warmth had been found and were being treated at a hospital.
A rescue team said a helicopter using a heat-detecting instrument found the hikers around 5 p.m. Saturday in the Shining Rock Wilderness area southwest of Asheville.