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Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard. The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked. ABC News

The U.S. electrical grid is under attack from Russian and Chinese cyber spies who have inserted software that could disrupt the system, current and former national security officials tell the Wall Street Journal. So far, these spies have not tried to damage the system, but the possibility remains likely should a war or national security crisis hit the United States. In addition to electrical systems, nuclear power plants and financial networks; water and sewage systems are also at risk, officials said. CBS News

One person was killed and three others were wounded during a shooting at a religious retreat Tuesday at a remote campground in southern California. The shooting near the city of Temecula was reported about 7:23 p.m. (10:23 p.m. ET). Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, public information officer for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, told reporters officers had problems getting information on the incident because of a language barrier. The retreat was for a Korean group. Police thought the shooter was one of the people injured. Those wounded were in critical condition. CNN

Actor Kal Penn (you know Kumar from the “Harold and Kumar” movies) is leaving “House: MD” to work for the White House. Penn, 31, will be an associate director for the Obama administration’s Office of Public Liaison. He says he’s not retiring from acting, just pursuing a longtime desire for public service that was rekindled when he campaigned for Barack Obama’s election. CNN

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