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California governor signs bill outlawing ‘revenge porn’

Posting naked pictures of an ex-partner online can now land you in jail for up to six months in California, after a bill against so-called “revenge porn” was signed into law. The legislative bill went into effect immediately after state governor Jerry Brown signed it Tuesday. Anyone convicted of “illegally…

Man held in Somalia for ‘beheading’ his children

Police in Somalia said Wednesday they were questioning a man accused of beheading four of his children more than three years after divorcing their mother. Omar Shire Hassan was apprehended late Tuesday by the police in the central Somalia town of Beledweyne, situated about 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of…

NSA chief denies that the agency is spying on your Facebook profile

The head of the National Security Agency said Wednesday the secretive intelligence service does not compile data on Americans’ use of social networks, dismissing a media report as “wrong.” General Keith Alexander told a Senate hearing that a New York Times article “jumped to the conclusion this was done on…

Tourists face shutdown deadline to leave national parks

Hundreds of tourists staying in landmark US national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon face a deadline Thursday to leave due to the government shutdown. The National Park Service closed its gates on its 401 sites as soon as the shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning, leaving visitors —…

Poop-smeared naked man to cops: ‘B*tch, I got sh*t on me’ so you won’t put me in your car

A naked Georgia man who was arrested in a restroom of an Arby’s restaurant told police they wouldn’t arrest him because he was covered in excrement. According to the Columbus Leger-Enquirer, Kenyatta Griffin, 40, believed that peace officers would be reluctant to transport him in a police cruiser. “B*tch, I…

Federal prison accused of piling sandbags around feces-eating inmate instead of treating him

Federal prison officials have agreed to transfer and treat an inmate who was eating his own feces after they were accused in court of placing sandbags around his cell to cover up the smell instead of giving him medical care. The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen reported that Justice Department lawyers showed…

Patrick Leahy calls out Obama administration on terror plots thwarted by NSA spying

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that the Obama administration hadn’t been forthcoming about the effectiveness of its phone surveillance program. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said during a hearing on the continued oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that he worried the White House was still…

Shutdown locks 30 kids with cancer out of treatment programs per week

Each week that Republican politicians refuse to end the shutdown of the federal government results in 200 cancer patients being unable to enroll in treatment programs at the National Institutes of Health, 30 of them children. According to the Atlantic, the number came from a Wall Street Journal article with…

Federal authorities shut down ‘Silk Road’ drug trading website

US authorities said Wednesday they had shut down the Silk Road website and arrested its owner on charges he ran an online black market for illegal drugs and services. Ross William Ulbricht, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was arrested on Tuesday in San Francisco after the website was shuttered,…

New radioactive leak reported at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

A new radioactive water leak has been discovered at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator said on Wednesday, according to Japanese news agencies. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said the highly radioactive water had leaked at the Fukushima No. 1 plant from a different storage tank to the one where…

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