First Drip (12/02/2014): County snubs Cotham for chair, NC proposes new abortion regulations, more


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For the first time in decades, the Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted for a chairman who was not the top vote-getter in the election. Trevor Fuller was chosen over Pat Cotham in the commission meeting Monday night by five votes.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services formally published new proposed regulations for abortion clinics in the state register Monday. Highlights include requiring each clinic to have a defibrillator device, written agreements with nearby hospitals for emergency transfers (or to document that they tried to secure an agreement), and a 24-hour phone line staffed by a person. The estimated cost to abortion clinics would amount to about $7,500 the first year, and about $5,800 in subsequent years. The state would spend about $20,000 a year on annual inspections.

The FBI is warning businesses about a new hacking threat in the wake of a vast attack on Sony Pictures last week. The threat comes from the same type of malicious software that infected Sony's computer systems, a law enforcement official told CNN. The movie studio hack led to Brad Pitt's Fury and the Jamie Foxx remake of Annie becoming widely available on bootleg websites.

Chanting protesters interrupted a speech on Ferguson by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday, but Holder said the group shouldn't be criticized. "What we saw there was a genuine expression of concern and involvement... And so let me be clear, I ain't mad atcha, all right?" Holder also said he plans to announce "rigorous new standards" for federal law enforcement "to help end racial profiling, once and for all."


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