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Last Update on July 24, 2014 07:10 GMT
IN THE NEWS: PASSPORT COMPUTER DATABASE CRASHES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those waiting for passports may have a problem on their hands -- because of a problem the federal government is having with one of its computers. The State Department says its global database for issuing travel documents has crashed -- and as a result, there are major delays for potentially millions of people around the world. Glitches in the Consular Consolidated Database have affected all parts of the travel document processing system, including getting passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad. The problems started over the weekend, are worldwide in scope -- and have created what officials call an "extensive backlog" of applications.
IN THE NEWS: PROSECUTORS ANNOUNCE BREAK OF STUBHUB RING
NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors are shedding more light on an international ring that hit the online ticket reseller StubHub. Prosecutors in New York say the ticket ring involved some of the hottest tickets around -- including those for major sporting events, concerts and Broadway shows. Prosecutors say cyber thieves got hold of more than 1,000 StubHub user accounts to snap up the tickets -- and resell them. Ten people around the world have been indicted or arrested in the case. Authorities say the ring involved more than 3,500 tickets -- and at least $1.6 million in unauthorized purchases of sought-after seats.