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Nation Briefs: Mass. sues Equifax as hack concerns spread to Canada

September 20. 2017 1:27AM
Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. corporate offices are pictured in Atlanta. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

Mass. sues Equifax as hack concerns spread to Canada

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax Inc following a breach that exposed the personal data of up to 143 million people, including 3 million in the state.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, called the breach a “nightmare” and said credit reporting companies should not profit from monitoring or freezing credit arising from the hack.

Equifax said the massive breach of sensitive data, including Social Insurance Numbers, might affect about 100,000 Canadians.

‘Shocking’ disregard for safety in meningitis case 

A federal prosecutor on Tuesday accused a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak of showing a “shocking” disregard for patients’ lives, while his lawyer argued the man was no killer.

Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at New England Compounding Center, oversaw the production in filthy conditions of tainted steroids, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese said at the start of the man’s trial in Boston federal court.

Those drugs led to an outbreak that sickened 778 people nationally, including 76 who died after being injected with steroids containing mold produced by the now-defunct Framingham, Mass. -based NECC. 

Trump to use campaign funds to pay Russia legal bills

President Donald Trump will use money donated to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his personal legal bills related to investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia, two people familiar with the matter said.

The first payments from the campaign and RNC have already been made to Trump lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, said one person. Another person said the RNC has been working for months to figure out the legal parameters for using campaign donations for a candidate’s personal defense.

Trump donors may be surprised that money they gave the campaign could be used to defend the president in the Russia investigations, but it’s likely a valid expense as long as it’s related to campaign activities, election lawyers have said.

The Trump campaign sent $538,264 in the second quarter of 2016 to Jones Day, its legal counsel, as the Russia investigation intensified.

Ford to cut production at 5 North American vehicle plants

Ford Motor Co. said on Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

The plants affected include three assembly plants in the United States and two in Mexico, the company said in a statement. The vehicle models affected include the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans, the Ford Focus compact car, the Lincoln Continental and Ford Mustang, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Transit van.

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