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A lawyer for plaintiffs Natasha Jackson, Janin Kleid and Gary Bradley said they would appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

CAMPAIGN

Adelson files lawsuit accusing group of libel

NEW YORK — Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against the National Jewish Democratic Council and top officials, saying they made libelous statements regarding his political contributions.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan seeks $60 million in damages. Mr. Adelson is chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and donates to Republican campaigns.

The lawsuit alleges the Washington-based Jewish council said Mr. Adelson personally approved of prostitution in resorts owned by Sands China Limited, a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands. The suit accuses the council of “assassinating” Mr. Adelson’s character.

 

The council said its reports referenced mainstream press accounts and were “wholly appropriate.” The press accounts described claims by a fired former Sands China executive. Adelson has denied the claims.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama to push protection from cyberattacks

White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the White House may take steps to get U.S. businesses to protect themselves from computer attacks if they are responsible for providing critical services such as water or electricity.

Mr. Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday that President Obama is considering using executive powers to encourage U.S. industry to meet minimum standards to repel such attacks on computer systems by hackers or foreign governments. Senate legislation meant to do the same thing failed last week.

Mr. Brennan said the White House is looking at possible additional guidelines or changes in policy but did not indicate whether such measures would be mandatory or voluntary, encouraged by industry incentives.

The Senate will take another stab at passing the cybersecurity bill in September.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports