DENVER — A Colorado sheriff's online database mistakenly revealed the identities of confidential drug informants and listed phone numbers, addresses and Social Security numbers of suspects, victims and others interviewed during criminal investigations, authorities said.
The breach potentially affects some 200,000 people, and Mesa County sheriff's deputies have been sifting through the database to determine who, if anyone, is in jeopardy.
"That in itself is probably the biggest concern we have, because we're talking about people's personal safety," Sheriff Stan Hilkey said.
The FBI and Google Inc. are trying to determine who accessed the database, the sheriff said. Their concern: That someone may have copied it and could post it, WikiLeaks-style, on the Internet.
Alaska court denies scrutiny of write-ins
JUNEAU, Alaska — A judge on Friday ruled against Republican Joe Miller's lawsuit challenging how Alaska counted write-in votes for rival Lisa Murkowski in their Senate race, delivering another setback to the tea party-backed candidate in his longshot legal fight.
Judge William Carey's ruling is virtually certain to be appealed to the state Supreme Court, and he said his decision wouldn't take effect until Tuesday to give Miller time to do so.
The ruling marks a victory for Murkowski in her historic write-in Senate bid. The winner is scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 5, and the legal dispute has thrown the outcome into doubt.
Miller's attorney had asked Carey to strictly enforce a state law calling for write-in ballots to have the oval filled in, and either the candidate's last name or the name as it appears on the declaration of candidacy written in.