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The international hacker who allegedly accessed personal emails and photographs belonging to the family of former President George W. Bush and who revealed that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address appeared in a U.S. court for the first time Friday.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known by the moniker “Guccifer,” is charged with cyberstalking, aggravated identity theft and unauthorized access of a protected computer in an indictment in federal court in Alexandria, Va. He was extradited recently from Romania, his home country.
Mr. Lazar, 44, in a brief court appearance Friday, confirmed through the interpreter that he wanted a court appointed lawyer.
Knife not linked to O.J. case
LOS ANGELES — Forensic testing concluded that a knife reportedly found while crews were tearing down the former home of O.J. Simpson is not connected to the 1994 homicide case, Los Angeles police said Friday.
Sources told the Los Angeles Times last month that a preliminary review suggested the weapon appeared to be unconnected to the 1994 slayings of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was tried for murder, and a jury found him not guilty.
Some experts in the case said the knife is different from the type of knife investigators believe was used .
Marriage form gets OK
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky lawmakers Friday approved legislation creating one marriage license form for both gay and straight couples in an effort to defuse the state’s controversy over gay marriage.
The proposal is a response to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who spent five days in jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs.
The final version cleared the Republican-led Senate, 36-0, Friday. The Democratic-controlled House passed it, 97-0, earlier.
“It says we’re going to treat everyone as equals,” Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Louisville said. “People are going to get married in the manner they want to get married and no one is going to be treated differently.”
Police shoot father, son
BALTIMORE — Police in Baltimore say a man and his 18-year-old son died after plainclothes officers opened fire on them when the officers saw them aiming guns at a person across a street.
Police identified the men Friday as Matthew V. Wood Jr., 43, and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18.
Police department spokesman T.J. Smith said previously that special operations unit officers were on patrol in an unmarked car Thursday when they came upon the men, who had gotten out of a vehicle and were armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun.
Shooter in Va. identified
RICHMOND, Va. — The man who fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a busy bus terminal before the gunman was killed by other troopers has been identified, authorities said Friday.
State police identified the shooter as James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Ill. Police did not give a motive.
Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, had been participating with other troopers in a training exercise at the bus station when a brief encounter with the gunman quickly turned violent, police said.
Two women who also were shot are expected to recover.