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WHITE HOUSE

Obama fetes World Series champion Giants

President Obama is hailing the World Series champion San Francisco Giants as baseball’s “characters with character.”

He welcomed the team to the White House on Monday to celebrate the Giants‘ 4-games-to-1 triumph over the Texas Rangers in last year’s fall classic.

Mr. Obama was joined by California lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Giants great Willie Mays. Mr. Obama noted that Mr. Mays was a 23-year-old outfielder when the Giants last won the World Series.

He also singled out gangly pitcher Tim Lincecum, whose nickname is “the Freak,” and reliever Brian Wilson, famed for his foot-long beard and outlandish garb. The president said the Giants may be “a little different,” but “one thing they know is how to win.”

HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. cyber-agency head resigns suddenly

The head of an agency that helps respond to cyber-attacks resigned suddenly after several high-profile attacks on government computer systems, but the Department of Homeland Security declined Monday to comment on the reason.

Randy Vickers resigned as director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team on Friday, according to an email from Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at Homeland Security, which was sent to some employees.

The email, obtained by Reuters, did not disclose any reason for the resignation, and a Homeland Security official would only say, “We aren’t commenting on personnel matters.”

Mr. Vickers‘ resignation follows several high-profile hacker attacks against the Pentagon and public websites of the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Senate.

Lee Rock, who was deputy director, will serve as acting director until a new head of the agency is named.

The email from Ms. Stempfley said, “We are confident that our organization will continue its strong performance under his leadership.”

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