5 things to know Friday, Feb. 26: U.S. to launch cyberwar against IS

FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., where the US Cyber Command is located. U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the military has launched a newly aggressive campaign of cyberattacks against Islamic State militants. It’s a targeted effort to erode the group’s abilities to use social media and the Internet to recruit fighters and inspire followers. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with commanders at Fort Meade, Maryland, last month, prodding them to ramp up the anti-Islamic State fight on the cyber front. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., where the US Cyber Command is located. U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the military has launched a newly aggressive campaign of cyberattacks against Islamic State militants. It’s a targeted effort to erode the group’s abilities to use social media and the Internet to recruit fighters and inspire followers. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with commanders at Fort Meade, Maryland, last month, prodding them to ramp up the anti-Islamic State fight on the cyber front. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Here’s what you need to know to start your weekend off informed:

1. U.S. launches cyberwar against Islamic State.

The U.S. military is targeting the Islamic State’s ability to recruit new followers through social media with a new, aggressive cyberattack against the group, the Associated Press reports. Defense Secretary Ash Carter asked commanders last month to bolster the cyber defense against the Islamic State. Attacks include blockades that attempt to prevent the group from distributing propaganda and recruiting messages on social media platforms, like Twitter. Some are concerned the attacks could thwart efforts to gather intelligence on the group, while others are worried the attack will interfere with civilian networks and use. “The Internet shouldn’t be used for that purpose,” Carter said.

2. 3 killed, 14 wounded in Kansas shooting.

A gunman with an “assault-style” weapon opened fire while driving through Hesston, Kansas before shooting and killing 3 people inside the Excel Industries lawn mower product factory he worked at, the Associated Press reported. In total 14 people, 10 critically, were wounded by the gunman. After the gunman began shooting at police, he was fatally shot by an officer. Police refused to identify the suspect and wouldn’t specify his motive but said there were “some things that triggered this individual.”

 

3. Marco Rubio steps up in Thursday’s debate.

After repeated attacks against GOP front-runner Donald Trump by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in Thursday night’s Republican debate, Rubio reiterated his aggressive stance on the business mogal, calling him a “con artist” during several television appearances Friday morning, the Associate Press reports. Trump said the attacks are coming because Rubio and Cruz are “desperate” and “losing by massive amounts.” Prior this debate, both Rubio and Cruz were hesitant to directly attack Trump.

4. Michael Turner expected to plead guilty in Colton Turner case.

Michael Turner, who led police to the burial site of 2-year-old Colton Turner, is expected to plead guilty Friday in the 2014 death of the boy, the American-Statesman’s Jazmine Ulloa reports. Turner will plead guilty to both injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence. Police have said Turner helped his girlfriend Meagan Work bury Colton in a field. Work, who is charged with two counts of injury to a child, is awaiting trial. Prior his death Child Protective Services investigated reports that Colton was abused and neglected.

5. Charlie Strong will not testify in divorce case.

UT football coach Charlie Strong will no longer have to give a deposition in a Louisville couple’s divorce settlement, the American-Statesman’s Ryan Autullo reports. Jonathan and Tracey Blue have reportedly resolved their issues ahead of Friday’s expected rule on Jonathan’s motion to depose Strong. “Late last night, Jonathan and Tracy Blue signed a Marital Settlement Agreement, resolving all issues between them,” Jonathan’s lawyer said in an email.

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