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Massive hacker confernece DEF CON tells federal employees not to attend

One of the world’s largest hacker conferences, Def Con, requested that government employees do not attend this year’s annual conference, citing discomfort with federal officials in the wake of National Security Administration revelations.  “It…  …

Pennsylvania man arrested for recording his teen son setting a 7-year-old boy on fire

A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly dousing a 7-year-old boy with nail polish remover and then letting his son light the boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 35, of Saxonburg was dating the boy’s mother, according to local media reports. The boy said Myers’ two sons, ages 15…

Republicans renew attacks on Obama administration over Benghazi attack

Ten months to the day after four Americans, including an ambassador, died in an attack on a US mission in Libya, Republican lawmakers voiced anger that no-one was charged. And they sought once again to back up accusations that the Obama administration deliberately tried to cover-up what happened when dozens…

Father: Son doing ‘really well’ despite being jailed for months over Facebook joke

The father of a teen in Texas who was arrested over a macabre joke on Facebook told MSNBC on Thursday his son was doing surprisingly well. Justin Carter, 19, was arrested in February and charged him with making a terroristic threat after he joked about shooting up a school on…

San Diego mayor confesses to sexually harassing women but doesn’t resign

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner acknowledged on Thursday he “failed to fully respect” his female employees and promised to participate in sexual harassment training. The Democratic mayor, however, stopped short of saying he would resign from office. Three political allies of Filner this week accused the 70-year-old mayor of sexually…

Ireland moves step closer to legalizing abortions when mother’s life at risk

Irish lawmakers voted early Friday in favour of controversial new legislation that will allow abortion in limited cases where the mother’s life is at risk. Weary lawmakers voted through the bill, by 127 to 31 against after marathon discussions on 165 amendments ran until 05:00am Thursday and 00:30 am Friday…

Can the Democrats really win back the House in the 2014 midterms?

The word “spin” can mean many things. One definition is to present information in such a fashion that it makes people see something that isn’t really there. A classic example would be a memo from the Democratic firm Democracy Corps on a recent poll they conducted in “competitive House districts”…

Edward Snowden has not replied to asylum offer: Venezuela

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has yet to reply to Venezuela’s offer of asylum, Venezuelan foreign Minister Elias Jaua told AFP on Thursday. “Not yet,” Jaua said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Mercosur trade bloc in Montevideo when asked if Caracas had received a response to the…

U.S. to deliver F-16 fighters to Egypt despite recent upheaval

The United States is pressing ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighters to Egypt despite a military coup against President Mohammed Morsi, a US official said Thursday. “It’s still the status quo,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. There was no decision to halt the…

Republican: ‘Screaming and yelling’ on Fox News scares away voters

Republicans should provide constructive ways to help the country rather than “screaming” on Fox News, according to Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) At a breakfast meeting organized by the Concerned Veterans for America and The Weekly Standard, he said the Republican Party was turning away voters by ignoring joblessness and appearing…

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