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U.S. Air Force to shut down space surveillance system over budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force will shut down its space surveillance system that tracks satellites and other orbiting objects by October 1 due to budget constraints caused by automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequestration, it announced Monday. Deactivating the system by October 1 would save the…

Full video: Eric Holder announces drug sentencing reforms

In remarks to the American Bar Association in San Francisco on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder called for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. He warned that mandatory minimum sentences had flooded courts and prisons with low-level drug offenders. Watch his remarks, uploaded to YouTube by PBS Newshour,…

California to enact first of its kind transgender student rights law

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Monday signed legislation to ensure transgender students have equal access to school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities. Brown’s signature makes California the first state in the country to write protections for transgender students’ access to activities and facilities into law. In a news…

Official confirms Russia will enforce anti-gay law during the Olympics

Russia’s Interior Ministry has confirmed that the country will apply its new anti-LGBT law to guests and athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The new law makes spreading “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors a criminal offense. Due its vague wording, a same-sex couple holding hands in…

New York regulators launch investigation of BitCoin

A New York regulator Monday announced a probe into virtual currencies like Bitcoin, saying they could be used by drug traffickers and gun runners and threaten US national security. As part of the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter, the New York Department of Financial Services has…

Intelligence director introduces group to review NSA privacy issues

US intelligence director James Clapper introduced a review group Monday that will assess whether the right balance is being struck between national security and personal privacy. President Barack Obama on Friday pledged to overhaul US spy programs amid a debate sparked by the leaks of former National Security Agency contractor…

Black teen allegedly denied heart transplant due to low grades

A black teen in Atlanta who needs a life-saving transplant is being denied due to his low grades, according to the 15-year-old boy’s family and friends. Doctors say Anthony Stokes only has 6 months to live because of an enlarged heart. But Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he is receiving…

North Carolina becomes first state to enact voter ID following Supreme Court ruling

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday a requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls, making it the first state to enact new voting restrictions since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a Civil Rights-era…

The Hyperloop: Elon Musk’s futuristic plan to blast Californians through a tube

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Monday unveiled his idea for a high-speed mass transit system to replace California’s planned high-speed rail system. The founder of Tesla, SpaceX and Paypal published the design for his futuristic “Hyperloop” transportation system online. The Hyperloop would use low pressure steel tubes to blast car-sized…

Hackers who targeted media last year now targeting think tanks

The hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on “an organization involved in shaping economic policy,” experts warned Monday. The security firm FireEye said the original perpetrators “appear to be mounting fresh assaults that leverage new and improved versions…

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