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Self-proclaimed LulzSec leader arrested in Australia

A self-proclaimed leader of the LulzSec international hacker group has been arrested in Australia, police said on Wednesday, after charging him with attacking and defacing a government website. The 24-year-old, who went by the online identity “ozshock”, was seized at a town 76 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney on…

Sen. Ron Wyden slams Internet sales tax as ‘a recipe for stagnation’

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon blasted a proposed Internet sales tax Tuesday on the Senate floor, claiming it was a “bailout” for large brick-and-mortar retailers. The Marketplace Fairness Act would require businesses to collect sales taxes on online orders. Under current law, state governments can only collect sales taxes…

Boston bombing raises concerns about communication failures

Communication failures between US intelligence agencies may have prevented the detection of the suspected Boston bombers, according to senators briefed in secret by the FBI on Tuesday. The bureau’s deputy director, Sean Joyce, appeared before a closed session of the Senate intelligence committee to address concerns that it did not…

Feminist group targets organic food company over birth control lawsuit

The group Ultraviolet has urged its supporters to contact Eden Foods and express their grievances with the organic food company’s view on birth control. “Because Eden Foods’s CEO is ideologically opposed to birth control, the company thinks they have the right to dictate to all their employees what health care…

Boston bombing suspect’s wife helping police: lawyers

The wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect gunned down in a police shootout, is cooperating with authorities probing the attack, her lawyers said Tuesday. Katherine Russell, 24, who married Tsarnaev in June 2010 and has a three-year-old child with him, is “doing everything she can to assist (the)…

Ricin charges dropped against Elvis impersonator

A US man accused of sending a poison-laced letter to the White House was released from jail with his charges dismissed Tuesday as officials searched the home of a rival. Paul Kevin Curtis beamed as his lawyer waved the dismissal order at a news conference held shortly after investigators in…

Yemeni activist condemns ‘terror’ of drone strikes in emotional speech to senators

A Yemeni activist and writer gave an emotional testimony to members of the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, expressing the anguish he felt after the country he had grown to love became the country that terrorized his home. “Just six days ago, my village was struck by an American drone in…

Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Experts puzzled as hunt for terror links gleans little

Federal prosecutors are trying to piece together the complex web of influences that transformed a young man with no confirmed militant training or links, apparently acting alone with only the assistance of his younger brother, into a brutal bomber prepared to kill and maim in pursuit of a cause that…

Judge concerned by NYPD officers’ testimony in stop and frisk trial

The federal judge presiding over the landmark case against the New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy has complained that witnesses have perjured themselves during the hearings. Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered two officers to come back to court this week, after expressing concerns about their earlier testimony. In heated exchanges…

Apple profit falls for first time in nearly a decade

Apple reported Tuesday that its quarterly profit had dipped for the first time in nearly a decade despite a rise in revenue from the same period a year earlier. The company posted a profit of $9.5 billion on revenue of $43.6 billion in the first three months of this year,…

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