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According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the National Security Agency and British Security services worked in conjunction to hack the internal computers of the biggest SIM card provider in the world. 
The breach, detailed in a 2010 NSA classified document, targeted a Netherlands company called Gemalto. They provide SIM cards for AT & T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless providers around the world. Gemalto produces roughly 2 billion SIM cards a year.
With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt. 
Matthew Green is a cryptography specialist at Johns Hopkins University. He says the stolen encryption keys means its "game over" for cellular encryption. The story was first reported by the publication The Intercept.

Chico Police are investigating a fatal stabbing and are on the lookout for two persons of interest, Michael Anderson (white male) and Brandy Hernandez (white female), both of Chico and in their mid to late 20's. No further physical descriptions have been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police at 530-897-4911.


Officers came to a home on Mulberry Street after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a fight just before 8 am Thursday. Officers didn't find anyone at the home, but there was evidence of an altercation. Police then found a man, near West 2nd Avenue, who had been stabbed during the fight. The victim was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he died from his wounds. Chico PD is now treating the incident as a homicide.

Chico Police are investigating a possible stabbing. The incident occurred around 7:30 am at a residence near Mulberry and East 23rd Streets. The E-R, is reporting that roads near the intersection are closed off while police continue to investigate.The victim is said to have been taken to Enloe Medical Center. According to scanner traffic police are looking for a dark green or dark blue Chevy utility vehicle.

The Chico City Council voted to get the ball rolling on the annexation of the Chapman and Mulberry neighborhoods. The Council voted 5-2 at Tuesday night's meeting to approve the agreement with the Local Agency Formation Commission to initiate annexation the two areas over a five year period.


The council failed to approve the agreement in November which resulted in LAFCO threatening to sue the city to resolve unauthorized sewer connections and related unpaid fees. It is beleived that the litigation will be dropped with the agreement. According to the Chico E-R, the City has to turn in applications by April 30th, and if LAFCO approves them the annexation process will begin.    

A farming collective on Dayton Road in Chico called Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies, or GRUB is in danger of closing. The owners are attempting to sell the property, which may lead to the closure of the farm. Members are hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to make an offer themselves. If that is unsuccessful, they hope someone who shares their vision will buy the land.


Besides farming the property GRUB members host community workshops teaching about food education, communal living, and recycling. According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, it is also a place for students to learn about agriculture during field trips. If you would like to find out more about Grub follow this link to their website:

Comcast owes the City of Chico thousands of dollars in unpaid franchise fees. After conducting an audit, City staff discovered that two hundred thousand dollars a year have gone unpaid by the cable company for the past four years. Franchise fees are commonly charged to vendors to do business in the city. According to Action News Now, city officials weren't pointing fingers, but say that Comcast wasn't handing over the fees owed to the city. The revenue collected for the past four years, plus this year's fees, will add up to about $1,000,000 for Chico.

                 A suspected case of the measles has been reported in Tehama County. A local doctor reportedly told Tehama County health officials on Monday that a patient had a fever with a rash and believed it to be a case of the measles.


                The patient has been quarantined at home while health officials await for the confirmation from the test results sometime today.  According to officials, the un-named patient has not had any recent travel history.


                 Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by air and by direct contact with someone who is infected with it. Symptoms include fever, rashes, coughing and red watery eyes. The disease can be very severe and is able to spread from roughly four days before and after the actual rash appears.   



               Chico State is suspending both the men's and women's lacrosse teams after an inquiry into the death of freshman student Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos, a member the team, was killed when he 
ran across the street against a red light and was struck by a car on January 16th.
               According to school officials both lacrosse teams threw parties that were in violation of school statutes about alcohol consumption several times between January 10th and the 16th. The teams players and coaches were informed of the university's decision on Monday. Chico State Spokesman Joe Wills says the punishment is not unlike suspensions of other student organizations, as lacrosse at Chico State is not like other intercollegiate athletics but involves teams fielded by clubs.
               Both teams can apply for reinstatement at the end of the spring semester.

A Chico man is under suspicion for possessing child pornography. Federal authorities say 44 year old Mark Wygant videotaped girls as young as 4 in 2011. Wygant works as a captain for the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and also is reportedly director of an emergency training business based out of Chico. Wygant has reportedly admitted to Federal prosecutors that he videotaped and stored images of the young girls. One of the victims reportedly told authorities about the incident. 

Four medical marijuana patients are filing a lawsuit against the recently passed
medical marijuana ordinance in Butte County Superior Court today.
The four patients allege Municipal Code 34A, that limits pot cultivation, is a violation
of the California Compassionate Use Act by limiting patients ability to grow
marijuana. The suit alleges the ordinance conflicts with the equal protection 
clauses in the state and U.S. constitutions. 
According to the suit, Measure A has the potential to violate the Americans
with Disabilities Act as some patients will not be able to maneuver in gardens
so small. 
Plaintiffs in the case are represented by Scott Candell from San Rafael.

Police respond to stabbing incident in downtown Chico. Officers came out to West 6th Street on multiple reports of a stabbing just after 1:30 am Saturday. Officers found two victims that had received moderate non-life threatening injuries after a fight at a party. An unnamed 17-year-old was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon. The investigation is ongoing.  

A law enforcement authority is assaulted after confronting an alleged gang member. Chico police came out to an area near Mandalay Court and the Esplanade on reports of a hit and run collision involving three vehicles around 5:30 pm Friday. The alleged driver of a Toyota Camry identifide as Tobias Vigil had fled the scene on foot. According to Chico PD, Vigil is a known gang member. Vigil reportedly assaulted a Fish and Game Warden who was assisting the officers. A taser was used on Vigil and he was taken into custody. Three others who were with Vigil were arrested for attempting to stop the arrest his arrest. 

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