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Apple onshores jobs and announces Silicon Valley factory

Apple on Friday listed a Silicon Valley facility as a location where the California company’s Macintosh computers are assembled. The addition to Apple’s list of final assembly plants came less than two months after chief executive Tim Cook vowed to shift some computer manufacturing from China to the United States…

Polish lawmakers vote down civil unions bill

Polish lawmakers on Friday voted down three bills on civil unions for unmarried couples, a move backed by gay rights activists but fiercely opposed by conservatives in the deeply Catholic country. None of the drafts included provisions that would legalise gay marriage and adoption, similar to proposals by the French…

Russians fear ex-governor will ruin iconic island

Russians protested Friday after the government appointed an unpopular former governor to run one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kizhi complex of wooden churches. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky on Thursday set off a wave of protest by dismissing the current director and appointing the…

Japanese scientists invent ‘privacy visor’ to fool Google’s facial recognition software

A “privacy visor” that uses infra-red light to interfere with facial recognition technology has been developed in Japan for people worried about being spotted by computers. The goggles are useful for anyone who wants to avoid their identity being detected by hidden cameras, the inventors say. “Measures for preventing the…

Virginia Republican senators to kill electoral college change

A plan to alter the winner-takes-all Electoral College rules in the state of Virginia is on the chopping block after two Republican state senators on a key committee said they would oppose it, according to The Associated Press. The proposed remake would have changed how electoral votes are tabulated by…

‘Spirit of Stonewall’ thanks ‘tall glass of chocolate milk’ Obama for mentioning LGBT rights

W. Kamau Bell marked the inclusion of LGBT rights in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech this week with a visit from “the Spirit of Stonewall,” who gave a brief primer on the events of June 28, 1969, considered a watershed moment in LGBT rights. Prior to that night, the…

Apple loses spot as most valuable company

Apple shares extended their losses Friday, as the California tech giant lost its position as the world’s biggest company based on market value. In midday trade on Wall Street, Apple shares were down 2.37 percent at $439.82, giving it a market capitalization of $412 billion. Oil giant ExxonMobil meanwhile rose…

CIA torture advocate gets 30 months in prison for naming covert agent

A former CIA agent who pleaded guilty in October to revealing the identity of a covert agent was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Friday, a sentence secured by a plea deal, and much lighter than the 20 years he could have faced. John Kiriakou, 48, worked for the…

South Africa launches massive operation to capture thousands of escaped crocodiles

A massive operation to round up thousands of escaped crocodiles intensified in flood-soaked South Africa on Friday, as the authorities attempted to reassure the public everything was under control. “A large number” of 15,000 reptiles at the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country had escaped last…

U.S. backs adding teeth to global shark protection

The United States said Friday it would support proposals to curb the trade of five shark species and manta rays, whose numbers are declining because of demand for fins and gills. “For several decades, we have been increasingly concerned about the over harvest of sharks and manta rays,” US Fish…

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