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Union employees showed CPAC a good time — and their union pride

This weekend, as tuxedoed waitstaff quietly served drinks and dinner to paying CPAC attendees interested in the bon mots of union-busting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (R), few of the guests likely took the time to peer at their servers’ chests. If they had, the CPACers might have noticed something ironic:…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks on 2013 budget

President Barack Obama will deliver remarks on his FY 2013 budget to students at Northern Virginia Community College on Monday. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Feb. 13, 2012. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Google confirms Iran choked off Internet access ahead of elections

Search giant Google, Inc. confirmed Monday morning that its Gmail, YouTube and encrypted search services have been unavailable to Iranians since Feb. 10, the day that rumors began to circulate that the whole country had been taken offline. Shortly after Google’s confirmation Monday morning, The Associated Press began receiving reports…

Boston Police react to Anonymous hacking with sarcastic video

Members of the Boston Police Department have released a sarcastic video responding to an attack on their website by the hacktivist group Anonymous. On Feb. 3, Anonymous had replaced the BPDNews.com with a message criticizing their crackdown on Occupy Boston protests. A video for KRS-One’s 1993 song “Sound of da…

DOJ failed to issue key wiretap reports during Bush’s second term

For the Bush administration’s entire second term, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to tell Congress how many intrusive wiretaps were carried out by law enforcement, despite a legal requirement that it produce an annual report detailing the practice, a security researcher has learned. At the same time, Congress…

iTunes more than doubles Whitney Houston album price

Apple and Sony Music are being criticized after the price of one Whitney Houston album more than doubled following the singer’s tragic death. Digital Spy first reported that the price of Houston’s 2007 Ultimate Collection skyrocketed from £3 ($4.70) to £7.99 ($12.60) within 30 minutes of her death on Saturday.…

Five-year-old girl rescued from avalanche

A rescue crew in southern Kosovo pulled a five-year-old girl out of her family’s crushed home Sunday morning after a severe avalanche. According to The Associated Press, authorities discovered Asmira Reka when they heard her voice and her phone. The avalanche killed both her parents and at least seven relatives.…

LA coroner told Whitney Houston’s family that she didn’t drown: report

ABC News reports that Whitney Houston’s family was told by the LA coroner’s office that she didn’t drown in the bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, despite being found with her head submerged. Rather, they suspect that she died from a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs. Houston’s mother is…

Microsoft India retail site hit by ‘cyber attack’

Microsoft said on Monday it was investigating an attack by hackers on its Indian retail website, reportedly carried out by a Chinese group called the “Evil Shadow Team.” The team struck at www.microsoftstore.co.in late Sunday, stealing login IDs and passwords of people who had used the website for buying Microsoft products,…

NATO says found Afghan children dead after air strike

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Monday they found the bodies of dead children after a coalition air strikethat has enraged the Afghan government, and said their deaths may have been linked to an anti-insurgent operation in the area. The air strike took place last Wednesday near the village of…

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