Giant Rodents Called Capybaras Could Become Invasive Species in Florida

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Five capybaras escaped a contained research facility in the state in the ’90s, according to the only North American biologist that specifically studies the species.

Philadelphia Man Exonerated After Nearly 25 Years Behind Bars

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Tony Wright walked out of prison a free man Tuesday.

Summit Focuses on Coordinating Efforts to Fight Drug Abuse

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State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials are trying to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit U.S. states

Summit Focuses on Coordinating Efforts to Fight Drug Abuse

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State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials are trying to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit U.S. states

Black Teen Pushed Down by Iowa Officer Got Money for Secrecy

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A black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a white police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement he received

Black Teen Pushed Down by Iowa Officer Got Money for Secrecy

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A black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a white police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement he received

Va. Attacker Was ‘Hearing Voices’ But Terrorism Not Ruled Out

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Authorities are still not ruling out terrorism.

Security Council Calls Emergency Meeting on North Korea Test

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The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on the latest North Korean missile launch at the request of the United States and Japan

Security Council Calls Emergency Meeting on North Korea Test

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The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on the latest North Korean missile launch at the request of the United States and Japan

German Diplomat’s Son Petitioning Va. Governor for Pardon

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A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an "absolute pardon" and parole based largely on blood analysis

Woman Dies After Car Hits Crowd at Outdoor Ohio Concert

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One of nine people hurt when a car slammed into a crowd at an outdoor concert near Cleveland has died

Correction: Amusement Ride Safety Story

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Correction: Amusement Ride Safety story

Court to Decide If Men in Wrong Burial Plots Should Be Moved

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A Rhode Island town has asked a court to decide whether the bodies of two men buried in the wrong burial plots should be exhumed and moved

Court to Decide If Men in Wrong Burial Plots Should Be Moved

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A Rhode Island town has asked a court to decide whether the bodies of two men buried in the wrong burial plots should be exhumed and moved

Iowa Board Halts Pipeline Work on 15 Landowners’ Parcels

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The Iowa Utilities Board has ordered a Texas company to refrain from building a pipeline on 15 landowners’ properties until Monday to give the board time to review legal issues involving a lawsuit

Iowa Board Halts Pipeline Work on 15 Landowners’ Parcels

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The Iowa Utilities Board has ordered a Texas company to refrain from building a pipeline on 15 landowners’ properties until Monday to give the board time to review legal issues involving a lawsuit

South Carolina Democrats Drop Presidents’ Names From Dinner

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The South Carolina Democratic Party will rename its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner after the upcoming fundraiser in September, making it the latest state party to distance itself from the slave-owning presidents who are considered the party’s founders

Case Challenging Md. Congressional Districts Moving Forward

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A group of Maryland residents challenging the state’s 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts have won a court victory

Operation Photo Rescue Helps Salvage Pictures Damaged in Natural Disasters

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Volunteers help residents rebuild their lives by saving photos.

Operation Photo Rescue Helps Salvage Pictures Damaged in Natural Disasters

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Volunteers help residents rebuild their lives by saving photos.

Possible Suspect Questioned in Chicago Fire That Killed 4

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Police are questioning a possible suspect in an apartment building fire that killed three children and a man

The Latest: Amite River Falls Below Flood Stage in Louisiana

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The National Weather Service says the entire Amite River is now below flood stage and water levels should continue to fall

Authorities Investigate Russian Cyberattack on “The New York Times”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. officials say they are investigating a series of cyberattacks against The New York Times’ Moscow bureau in what authorities suspect is a continuing onslaught of sneak attacks by Russia.

None of the Times’ internal systems were compromised, the paper said.

“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” a Times spokesman said. “We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised.”

Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant and former counterterrorism adviser to the White House, said, “Russian intelligence wants to know what the New York Times is going to write before it writes it.”

“They hack into political parties, into government agencies, into newspapers, to find out what they know about Russia, to find out what they’re thinking about Russia, and to find out who their sources are in Russia,” he said.

Officials told ABC News that the attacks came from the same Russian hackers who compromised the computers at the Democratic National Committee, and leaked over 19,000 emails among DNC party officials. The hacked emails showed how supposedly neutral party officials tried to undercut the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and revealed sensitive emails and voicemail messages about big Democratic donors and the favors they sought.

“There is little doubt in the case of the DNC that it was Russian intelligence related,” said Justin Harvey, the chief security officer for Fidelis Cybersecurity. “The telltale signs for the DNC were the IP addresses that were used were previously attributed to Russian attacks.”

The Russian hackers have a long list of successful operations, in both the United States and the international community. In 2015, the German domestic intelligence agency accused Russia of hacking Germany’s parliament.

A few years prior in 2007, Russian hackers were suspected of launching a sustained cyberattack against Estonian organizations, including its Parliament, banks and newspapers after a Soviet war memorial was removed from Estonia’s capital.

That was followed in 2008 with a serious attack on classified systems at the Pentagon and, more recently in the United States, Russian hackers have been suspected of hacking nonclassified systems at the White House.

And in addition to the DNC this summer, Russian hackers also successfully compromised a private communication network for the Open Society Foundation run by billionaire American investor George Soros – internal documents that were subsequently uploaded onto DC Leaks.

Laura Silber, director of public affairs at the Open Society Foundation, confirmed that the emails posted on DC Leaks appeared to be stolen from their organization.

“The hack on our organization may not have been as intrusive as what happened at the DNC, but taken together, these recent events appear to be a part of a larger effort to attack our open society and shouldn’t be taken lightly,” Silber said.

In a forum about what role cybertools should play in the United States at the Aspen Security Forum in July, John Carlin, the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, issued a warning that a symbolic criminal prosecution of Russia could soon be forthcoming.

“You haven’t seen a public action against Russia,” he said. “But it would be a mistake for them to assume that we are not going to apply this deterrence model when it comes to their action if they continue to intrude.”

The FBI had no comment to ABC News regarding the investigation.

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The Latest: Miss. Counties Not Eligible for FEMA Funds

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As thousands of south Louisiana flood victims apply for disaster assistance, residents of two Mississippi communities have been told they are not eligible for assistance

Authorities Investigate Russian Cyberattack on The New York Times

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Authorities cite ongoing sneak attacks.

Louisiana Signs Emergency Order to Speed up Debris Pickup

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The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an order to allow the pickup of flood debris to move more quickly

Portion of Ellicott City’s Main Street Reopening

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A portion of Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, is reopening after flooding last month

Arkansas Couple Accused of Zip-Tying Child Plead Not Guilty

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An Arkansas couple has pleaded not guilty to battery and abuse charges after they were accused of zip-tying the woman’s 4-year-old daughter to her bed

Deaf Driver’s Shooting Death by Trooper Under Investigation

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase

Washington State to Kill Pack of Endangered Gray Wolves

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The wolves attacked, injured and killed livestock in northeast Washington.