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WikiLeaks grand jury witness David House refuses to testify, invokes Fifth Amendment

WASHINGTON — A friend of Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking classified files to WikiLeaks, said he declined to answer questions at a grand jury hearing. Prosecutors, who have not given up bringing charges against the whistle-blower website’s founder Julian Assange, had subpoenaed David House to testify before…

Shares of Pandora Internet radio up 8.9 percent on first day

Pandora Media Inc.’s, owners of Internet music site Pandora with 39 million registered users, had a successful Wall Street debut on Wednesday. Stock in Pandora shot up to $26 per share, but eventually fell back to close at $17.42 per share, gaining 8.9 percent on its first day as a…

Radical Islam spreading in US prisons: lawmakers

WASHINGTON – US prisons are becoming a hotbed for indoctrinating inmates and turning them into radical Muslims, US lawmakers were told Wednesday in the second of a series of controversial hearings. “Despite appearances, prison walls are porous. Outside influences access those on the inside, and inmates reach from the inside…

US citizen among Mexico hidden grave victims

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AFP) – An American man who was reported missing in March has been identified among 183 corpses found in hidden graves in April in northeastern Mexico, a US diplomat said Wednesday. “For the moment we can’t give details of the victim, but we’re giving the relatives consular…

Olive oil could lower stroke risk: study

WASHINGTON — Older people who eat olive oil have a lower risk of stroke than those who do not, suggested a study of more than 7,000 French people that was published Wednesday in the United States. Researchers at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux, France followed…

WikiLeaks auctioning off a lunch with Julian Assange and Slavoj Zizek

LONDON — WikiLeaks is auctioning off a chance to dine with Julian Assange to raise funds for its whistle-blowing activities — although it will have to be lunch because he is under a court-imposed curfew. The website is offering eight lucky bidders the chance to have a meal with its…

LulzSec hackers inspire YouTube rap song

The LulzSec hackers that have cracked into Sony, Nintendo, the U.S. Senate, the Public Broadcasting System, and other websites in recent weeks now have their very own rap song. Listen to the song, uploaded to YouTube by darkspline on June 9, 2011, below: (Contains explicit lyrics.) #### Lyrics #### Transmission…

LulzSec hackers claim to take down CIA website

The Lulz Security hacker group claimed to have briefly knocked the public website for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency offline on Wednesday. “Tango down – http://t.co/2QGXy6f – for the lulz,” the group tweeted around 6pm EST. The tweet apparently mocked the pro-U.S. hacker known as th3j35t3r. “We are looking into…

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released from hospital

LOS ANGELES — US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords was released from hospital Wednesday, doctors said, five months after she was shot in the head at point-blank range in an attack which shocked America. A few days after the first photos of her since the attack were published, doctors said “her cognitive…

Bradley Manning supporters rally at WikiLeaks federal grand jury

Supporters of Army Private Bradley Manning rallied outside the courthouse where a federal grand jury has convened to investigate WikiLeaks. The Associated Press reported that supporters of the Army private, who is accused of supplying classified documents to WikiLeaks, gathered outside the courthouse in northern Virginia on Wednesday. Activist David…

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