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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 24

‘60 Minutes’ ponders painful story of Country Crossing

Correspondent Armen Keteyian of “60 Minutes” on Sunday interviewed Jeff Rubin, “the disgraced financial advisor” who lost a total of $43 million on behalf of several NFL players including former all-pro running back Fred Taylor and Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis. Rubin persuaded his clients to invest in Country Crossing in Alabama, a gambling development ultimately declared illegal and closed in July 2012. Rubin tells Keteyian, “If I can go back in time, I wish I’d never set foot in Alabama.” – CBS News

Alabama computer experts weigh in on Friday’s massive hack

The computerized attack that left more than 1,200 websites unreachable on Friday stemmed from efforts, years earlier, by players of online games to frustrate and slow their opponents, security experts say. The massive denial-of-service attack was launched from thousands of internet-connected devices, including cameras, video recorders and routers. – Wall Street Journal

UA’s LIFT program extends to Haiti

In the Culverhouse College of Commerce, "lift" is more than just a verb. The college's LIFT program focuses on the economic education and development of West Alabama’s youth.  LIFT, which stands for Learning Initiative and Financial Training, is led by professor Lisa McKinney, who devotes a massive amount of time towards the advancement of the job skills of children in the Tuscaloosa area – and now beyond. – Crimson White

Regions CFO notes they’re 1,200 employees lighter this year

Regions Financial Corp. has about 1,200 fewer workers than it did this time last year, an executive told listeners on an earnings call this week.  "We do have built-in natural inflation that we have, salary increases and alike that we try to curtail by insuring that we have the right number of people, the right number the right kinds of the people to manage our business and run our businesses," David Turner, Regions' Chief Financial Officer, said. – AL.com

International Space Station captures resupply craft

Astronauts used the International Space Station's robotic arm to grapple the Cygnus cargo spacecraft early Sunday morning, starting the process of bringing more than 5,100 pounds of supplies and research equipment aboard. The cargo's experiments include one thing astronauts normally avoid: fire. – APR

Ford CEO says they won’t give up on cars quite yet

Ford Motor Co. isn't giving up on cars, CEO Mark Fields says, even as the automaker abandons most U.S. production of them, but it also won't keep piling on discounts to boost sales "unnaturally," as he put it. "You can only go so far in terms of trying to entice customers to purchase those kinds of products," Fields said in an interview last week. – Automotive News

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