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Payroll giant ADP investigating hack

SAN FRANCISCO — US payroll-handling firm Automatic Data Processing (ADP) said Wednesday that hackers broke into one of its benefits administration business systems. ADP believed the “system intrusion” at recently acquired Workscape was limited to one client, whose name was not disclosed. “ADP immediately notified the client… and continues to…

Soccer player sues Murdoch’s UK newspaper over hacking scandal

LONDON — Manchester United great Ryan Giggs became the latest celebrity to take legal action against the News of the World over allegedly hacking into his mobile phone, his lawyer announced on Wednesday. The 37-year-old – who it was revealed last month by a British lawmaker was the married footballer…

Cell phone privacy bill introduced in the Senate

WASHINGTON — US senators introduced bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting the privacy of mobile phone users and safeguarding personal information of consumers stored online. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require companies like Apple and Google and applications developers to obtain express consent from mobile users before sharing information…

White House denies violating War Powers Act in report to Congress on Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent a report to Congress Wednesday insisting that he did not exceed his powers in ordering US military action in Libya. Officials said that the 30-page report justifies US action in the mission to protect civilians and target the forces of Moamer Kadhafi and contains…

LulzSec hackers flaunting their notoriety with telephone hotline

SAN FRANCISCO — Lulz Security hacker group is flaunting its notoriety with a telephone hotline for people to call and suggest targets for cyber attacks. “Our number literally has anywhere between five and 20 people ringing it every single second,” members of the group said in a Twitter message posted…

Magic mushroom’s positive effects lasting over a year, say researchers

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine claim to have determined the proper dose levels needed to create positive changes in attitudes, mood, life satisfaction, and behavior that persist for more than a year with the psychoactive substance in so-called “magic mushrooms.” The findings are the latest in…

Republican group releases ‘the most racist, sexist political ad in history’

One of the most racist, sexist, patently offensive political ads ever was released recently in California. Here, liberal talk show host Cenk Uygur, who does guest spots on MSNBC, explains what it’s all about … This video is from The Young Turks, published to YouTube on June 14, 2011.…

Not satire: Rush Limbaugh goes into the business of selling tea

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has announced his newest venture: a line of sweet tea beverages. “‘Two if by Tea’ is the brand name,” Limbaugh told his radio audience Wednesday. The artwork on each bottle features Limbaugh dressed as Paul Revere. “And there I am in all of my glory…

Weapons smuggled in U.S. sting linked to deaths: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Weapons smuggled into Mexico as part of a US sting operation — and then lost — have been linked to numerous killings, including that of an American federal agent, a congressional report disclosed Wednesday. The report found that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) lost…

U.S. consumer prices climb for 11th month

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US consumer prices rose for the 11th straight month in May but at a slower pace amid easing energy prices, official data showed Wednesday. The consumer price index climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent, the Labor Department said. Year-on-year, prices were up 3.6 percent, chewing away at…

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