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Rep. Markey proposes cell phone privacy bill

On Monday, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) released a draft of The Mobile Device Privacy Act, legislation that would prohibit companies from installing monitoring software on mobile devices without the user’s knowledge or consent. “Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their…

Hershey’s targeted in Super Bowl ad for alleged African child-slave labor

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) plans to use the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this year to pressure Hershey’s into taking action over forced labor practices that continue to plague the West African cocoa industry. The ad, titled “Hershey’s Chocolate: Kissed by Child Labor,” will appear on a jumbotron screen…

Gary Johnson calls for repeal of the Patriot Act

Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson called for the Patriot Act to be repealed Sunday night during a national American Civil Liberties Union conference. The controversial counter-terrorism legislation was approved by Congress following the September 11 terrorist attacks. “Ten years ago, we learned that the fastest…

Freezing weather kills dozens in eastern Europe

WARSAW — Freezing weather has killed dozens of people in central and eastern Europe over the past few days and temperatures are set to drop even further, authorities warned Monday. In Poland, police said 10 died over the weekend as temperatures plunged to minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus 16 Fahrenheit),…

Starbucks to open in India

MUMBAI — Starbucks will make its eagerly awaited foray into India later this year, opening outlets under a deal announced Monday with Tata Global Beverages to tap into the country’s fast-growing taste for coffee. Tata, part of steel-to-software conglomerate Tata Group, and Seattle-based Starbucks said they had entered into a…

Satire: Santorum thinks ‘it’s never polite to look a rape horse in the mouth’

From the satirists that brought you comedian Andy Cobb as “a godless heathen” mocking Rick Perry’s bizarre anti-gay political ad comes a tidal wave of sarcasm cresting off Rick Santorum’s odd statement that women who are the victims of rape should “make the best of a bad situation” and go…

Obama camp slams Republicans over immigration

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign on Monday charged that top Republican White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich had alienated Latino voters with “extreme rhetoric” on immigration. In a memo sent to journalists, the campaign said Romney and Gingrich “may very well have already sealed the political…

Scientists shift on brain speech center: study

WASHINGTON — The part of the brain used for speech processing is in a different location than originally believed, according to a US study Monday that researchers said will require a rewrite of medical texts. Wernicke’s area, named after the German neurologist who proposed it in the late 1800s, was…

NATO sticks to 2014 Afghan pullout despite early French exit

BRUSSELS — NATO is committed to plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the alliance chief said Monday after France decided to end its fighting role a year earlier. “We stick to the roadmap that was outlined at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November…

Palestinian prisoner in 44-day hunger strike ‘deteriorating’

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian militant held by Israel marked 44 days on hunger strike on Monday, with a rights group saying his life was in danger but prison authorities describing his condition as satisfactory. Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said in a statement that 34-year-old Khader Adnan, arrested by…

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