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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A state electric utility con firmed on Friday it had found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. gov ernment says is used by Russian hackers. The Burlington Electric Department said U.S. utili ties were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian cam paign linked to recent hacks. Burlington Electric, which is municipally owned, said it detected the malware in a laptop not connected to its grid systems. It said it took "immediate action to isolate the laptop and alert ed federal officials." "Our team is working with federal officials to trace this malware and prevent any other attempts to infil trate utility systems," it said in an emailed statement. It said it had briefed state officials and would fully support an investigation. Burlington Electric, which says it's "at the forefront of the green energy revolution," is one of the state's two largest electric utilities. The other, Colchester based Green Mountain Power, said its systems were secure. "Our teams have done a complete systems check and found no security concerns," it said. Green Mountain Power, which serves about 265,000 residential and business customers, said it recently was thoroughly reviewed for safety by Homeland Security. It said it would continue to rigorously mon itor its systems and "remain vigilant." Russia has denied hack ing U.S. systems. HONOLULU (AP) - Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump in hopes the president elect will reverse the tough U.S. stance toward Moscow of the last eight years. In a stunning embrace of a longtime U.S. adversary, Trump is siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whether Trump steers the U.S. toward or away from Russia upon taking office is shaping up as the first major test of his foreign policy dis position and his willingness to buck fellow Republicans, who for years have argued Obama wasn't tough enough. Now that Obama has finally sanctioned Russia over hack ing allegations, Putin has essentially put relations on hold till Trump takes over. "Great move on delay (by V. Putin)," Trump wrote Friday on Twitter. "I always knew he was very smart!" He was referring to Putin's announcement that Russia won't immediately retaliate after Obama ordered sanc tions on Russian spy agencies, closed two Russian com pounds and expelled 35 diplo mats the U.S. said were really spies. Though Putin reserved the right to hit back later, he suggested that won't be nec essary with Trump in office. Brushing off Obama, Putin said Russia would plan steps to restore U.S. ties "based on the policies that will be car ried out by the administration of President D. Trump." Not only would Russia not kick Americans out, Putin said, he was inviting the kids of all U.S. diplomats to the Kremlin's New Year's and Christmas parties. "At this point, they're trolling Obama," said Olga Oliker, who directs the Russia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Obama administration said it had seen Putin's remarks but had nothing more to say. Trump's move to side with a foreign adversary over the sitting U.S. president was a striking departure from typi cal diplomatic practice. In a sign he wanted maximum publicity, Trump pinned the tweet to the top of his Twitter page so it would remain there indefinitely. Russia denies the U.S. intel ligence community's assess ment that in an attempt to help Trump win the presiden cy, Moscow orchestrated cyber breaches in which tens of thousands of Democrats' emails were stolen and later made public. Trump, too, has refused to accept that conclu sion and insisted the country should just "move on," though he has agreed to meet next week with intelligence lead ers to learn more. Notably, after the U.S. on Thursday issued a report it said exposed Russia's cyber tactics, Putin's aides didn't offer any specific rebuttal. The report included detailed tech nical information like IP addresses and samples of malware code the U.S. said Russia uses. One utility company, Burlington Electric Department in Vermont, reported Friday that it had detected the malware on a company laptop that was not connected to its grid systems. Burlington said, "We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding." There's little certainty about how Trump will actual ly act on Russia once he takes office Jan. 20. Though he's praised Putin as a strong leader and said it would be ideal for the two countries to stop fighting, he also suggest ed this month the U.S. might mount a new nuclear arms race, triggering fresh anxi eties about a return to Cold War style tensions. Ambassador Michael McFaul, Obama's former envoy to Russia, said while Trump has defined his top objective as "getting along with the Kremlin," Putin has higher goals, including the lifting of economic sanctions and, ideally, U.S. recognition of Russia's annexation of Crimea. "Obviously, Putin's not responding because he's wait ing for Jan. 20," McFaul said in an interview. "He's got these much more important objec tives to him than getting into a tit for tat response with the outgoing administration." Trump's warm outreach to Putin, combined with picks for secretary of state and national security adviser who are seen as friendly to Russia, have left hawkish Republicans with a particularly unpleasant choice: look hypocritical for backtracking on their own tough talk, or risk a public rift with their party's new presi dent. In the House, many Republicans who have long called for tougher sanctions have been silent or vague about Obama's penalties and Trump's positions. But a handful of GOP senators have shown they have no inten tions of letting up pressure on the Kremlin. "We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia," said Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, scheduled a hear ing next week on "foreign cyber threats" in an attempt to further spotlight Russia's actions. Even if Trump opts to pull back Obama's sanctions and overlook hacking allegations, he may find rapprochement with Russia isn't that simple. The past two presidents both tried to reach out to Russia early in their terms but left office with relations in no bet ter shape. Though Trump has sug gested the U.S. and Russia should align strategies in Syria by focusing on their mutual enemy, the Islamic State group, Russia's military campaign has almost exclu sively targeted American backed Syrian rebels, the U.S. has said. Nor is it clear whether Trump and Putin share a common approach to Europe's security issues. And if Trump follows through on his vow to renego tiate the Iran nuclear deal, he won't find a receptive audi ence in Moscow. Putin's gov ernment brokered the deal with the U.S., Iran and other world powers and has no intention of slapping sanc tions back on Iran. 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David Slone Mark Howe Dan Spalding Michael Anderson Deb Sprong Photographer Gary Nieter DIGEST Weekend, December 31, 2016 & January 1, 2017 Warsaw, Indiana TIMES-UNION 2A Photo by As ociated Pres In this Dec. 26 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Putin said Friday that Russia will not be expelling US diplomats in response to a new round of U.S. sanctions. Lottery ple blunt force traumatic injuries, according to author ities. A pre trial conference is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 16. 4. One of the vehicles involved in a head on crash that killed a mother and her adult son on Christmas night near Wawasee High School was apparently drag racing prior to the collision, accord ing to the Kosciusko County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team. Kim Conrad, 61, Syracuse, and her son, Stephen Conrad, 32, a 2003 graduate of Wawasee, were killed at the area known as "Crazy Corners" where Syracuse- Webster Road intersects CR 1200N. Both were pro nounced dead at the scene. Three others were hospital ized. Police believe the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. when a car driven by Mickgomery W. Hisey, 26, Syracuse, was traveling west on CR 1200N when it collided "virtually head on" with a car driven by Stephen T. Conrad, 67, Syracuse. Authorities believe Hisey had been involved in a "drag race" and was traveling in the opposite lane of traffic prior to the collision. According to witness statements collected by police, Hisey had begun pass ing a vehicle on the crest of a hill just east of the intersec tion. Hisey's vehicle entered the intersection, striking the 2016 Pontiac driven by Conrad. 5. In 2015, Warsaw Community High School graduate Ben Higgins made international headlines for being named the newest member of "The Bachelor" TV show on ABC. Segments for the show were filmed in Warsaw, including a scene in downtown Warsaw. He continued to make headlines when the 20th sea son premiered in January. As the season progressed he eventually chose Lauren Bushnell over the other con testants. Then in October, Higgins and Bushnell's new reality television show premiered. Titled "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?," its first episode aired Oct. 11 on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family). 6. Alexander Jackson, 24, of Milford, was charged with attempted murder and other charges following a road rage incident July 27 that began south of Syracuse and ended in North Webster. Jackson is alleged to have fired a weapon at the car he was chasing. Because a Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department officer was involved, the investigation was immediate ly turned over to Indiana State Police. 7. Barnett's Bail Bonds Inc., The Papers Inc., Stacey Staley, formerly of Staceypageonline.com, and three bail agents were sued by the victim of a 2014 shoot ing and his mother. On June 6, Larry Helman and his mother, Atta, both of Cromwell, filed a civil action against Barnett's Bail Bonds Inc., The Papers Inc., Stacey Staley, formerly of Staceypageonline.com, Tadd Martin, Daniel Foster and Michael Thomas. The suit was filed in Kosciusko County Circuit Court. Larry Helman's twin brother, Gary, died during the shooting. The counts alleged were as follows: negligence, bat tery to Atta Helman, battery to Larry Helman, trespassing, residential entry and intimi dation. The plaintiffs, repre sented by Anthony Rose, South Bend, demanded a trial by jury. The first count of negli gence was against all defen dants. According to the law suit, Martin negligently fired his gun, wounding Larry with two bullets. Larry suffered from substantial pain, injuries, medical bills and lost wages due to Martin's actions. Staley was negligent toward the Helmans by pro viding information to bounty hunters in anticipation of a violent confrontation, the suit claims, and Larry and Atta both suffered injuries due to the defendant's actions. Staley also provided the information to the bounty hunters to gain notoriety for her then employer, The Papers, by being the first reporter on scene, the suit claims. Barnett's is liable because Martin, Foster and Thomas were employed there. The Papers is liable because Staley was acting as an employee at the time, according to the suit. The lawsuit results from a shooting on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9174 Doswell Blvd., Cromwell. On Dec. 5, 2016, The Papers Inc. and Stacey Staley were dropped from the suit, but the suit was refiled against them Dec. 19. The Helmans have a simi lar case pending in federal court. 8. On Dec. 5, the Warsaw City Council approved plans for a slim downed version of a proposed third Warsaw Wayne Township Fire Territory fire station that will be on the south side of the city. Approval for the station came after several long city council meetings where resi dents and some council members balked at the pro jected $3.2 million cost, though no one was against the station itself. Mayor Joe Thallemer said the total amount of bonds was $2.95 million, keeping it under the $3 million set by city council on Dec. 5. 9. Sharon Mitterling, 67, was killed outside her Husky Trail residence in Warsaw when she was struck by a Winona Lake squad car driv en by policeman John Leeper while retrieving her mail. She died on the way to a hospital. In 2002, Mitterling com plained to the city about the safety of Husky Trail. The city has been address ing traffic concerns in the area as part of the Husky Trail construction project, which includes the addition of sidewalks and street lights. 10. One of two Leesburg quarry drowning victims on Feb. 19 may have died trying to save the other. Indiana conservation offi cers found the second body, that of Allen Stattler, 41, Dowagiac, Mich., on Feb. 22 in the same area as the body of Dustin Reaker, 29, Bremen. Reaker's body was found about 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the quarry, which is along West CR 600N. Officials believe the two men had been ice fishing. Stories Continued From Page 1A attendant told the team and staff members to put them on. Holtmann said during the descent, panicked players were yelling in the back of the plane and staff members were texting their wives, worried they might not see them again. "I was shook. It was scary, we had guys crying," he told ESPN. "As a coach, you are obviously thinking of your family, but you are also think ing about all the young men on the plane." Collier confirmed the reactions, though he said he was uncertain of what was in the text messages or who they were going to. The plane landed in Pittsburgh after midnight and the team spent the night at a hotel. Butler associate athletic director John Dedman said another plane was not immediately avail able and everyone wanted to return to Indianapolis "in a more timely fashion," so the bus ride was the next step. Dedman said the school appreciates "the notes and well wishes" it has received. Butler (11 2, 0 1 Big East) returns to action Sunday when it hosts Providence. "I think having a little time before that game helps everybody concerned," Collier said. Plane Continued From Page 1A Mickgomery W. Hisey, 26, Syracuse, was allegedly speeding in this maroon Chrysler Dec. 25 when he collided with a Pontiac driven by Stephen T. Conrad, killing Conrad's wife, Kim, and son, Stephen. Photo Provided by Kosciusko County Sherif 's Department Russia, Brushing Off Obama, Looks To Friendlier Trump Vermont Utility Finds Malware Code Attributed To Russians

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