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MISSISSIPPI

Suspect in three slayings falls to death from tower

BAY ST. LOUIS — Authorities say a man killed his mother, stepfather and girlfriend at their Mississippi home before he climbed a cellphone tower and plunged about 300 feet to his death.

The Biloxi, Miss., Sun Herald reports that the triple homicide occurred Saturday in the Gulf Coast town of Bay St. Louis.

No motive has been disclosed.

Authorities identified the victims as Wilton Bernard Jr., his wife, Jeanie Bernard, and Kathleen Deese.

The suspect, Anthony Garrett, died later Saturday night as authorities tried to talk him down from a tower in nearby Waveland.

UTAH

Hackers get into records at state health department

SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of thousands of people could have had their Social Security numbers stolen by hackers, state health officials said Monday after discovering that the thieves downloaded thousands more files of personal information than authorities initially believed.

The revised estimates were issued after nearly 200,000 additional files were found to have been downloaded by the hackers, health department spokesman Tom Hudachko said at a news conference. Officials originally estimated that about 24,000 people had their records stolen after a computer tracked to Eastern Europe infiltrated a server beginning March 30, then changed that number to 182,000 potential victims.

The culprit actually downloaded about 224,000 files, some of which contained hundreds of records, Mr. Hudachko said. The latest discovery adds more than 750,000 people to the number of Utah residents whose personal data was taken.

The additional files contained about 250,000 Social Security numbers submitted within the past four months by health care providers to verify Medicaid coverage for a patient, as well as names, addresses or other personal information for up to 500,000 people.

The Social Security numbers didn’t include other personal information, Mr. Hudachko said. About 130,000 of the numbers belong to current Medicaid recipients. Some of the victims were beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, department officials said last week.

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