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Hackers pick Google’s pocket with Mac virus

SAN FRANCISCO — A virus infecting Macintosh computers is picking Google’s pocket by hijacking advertising “clicks,” tallying as much as $10,000 daily, according to Internet security firm Symantec. A component of the widespread Flashback virus targets Google search queries made using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browsers and directs people to…

Obama makes surprise Afghanistan trip

KABUL — US President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan late Tuesday on a surprise visit a year after American elite Navy SEALs killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a raid deep inside Pakistan. Obama was expected to sign a strategic partnership on future US-Afghan ties once American troops have…

Romney: Obama ‘inappropriate’ to politicize bin Laden kill

NEW YORK — Republican Mitt Romney praised President Barack Obama on Tuesday for taking out Osama bin Laden and said he would have done the same, but that it was “inappropriate” for the US leader to politicize the mission. Romney, his party’s presumptive nominee in the presidential race, made his…

New York ‘Occupy’ stages ‘general strike’ on May Day

Occupy Wall Street protesters took to New York’s streets Tuesday in the highlight of a plan to mount a “general strike” across the United States. Small groups of protesters held simultaneous demonstrations outside a string of Manhattan corporate institutions including the Time-Life building and McGraw Hill publishers in the Rockefeller…

Scientists have pinpointed nighttime urination protein in elderly

Scientists have pinpointed a protein that helps explain why the elderly frequently have to get up in the night to urinate, a problem that can badly interfere with sleep. Deficient levels of protein called connexin43 trick the bladder into believing that it is full, which sends a “must urinate” warning…

FBI: Five arrested in plot to blow up Ohio bridge

Five self-described anarchists have been arrested in a plot to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, but the public was never in any danger, the FBI said Tuesday. The anarchists spent months planning several different attacks but did not realize that they were being closely monitored and had purchased…

New York judge rejects Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity claim

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn must face a civil trial over an alleged sex assault in New York, a judge here ruled Tuesday, rejecting his last ditch attempt to claim diplomatic immunity. The judge hearing the suit brought by Nafissatou Diallo ruled Strauss-Kahn had lost immunity because he’d resigned from…

Bike washed up in Canada maybe from Japan tsunami

A motorcycle that washed ashore on Canada’s west coast may have drifted across the Pacific after being carried out to sea by last year’s devastating Japanese tsunami, Canada’s CBC television reported. The Harley-Davidson, with Japanese plates from one of the hardest hit areas, was found on April 18 by beachcomber Peter Mark in acargo container on the Haida Gwaii islands…

Obama aide: Drone strikes are legal, ethical

US President Barack Obama has ordered more openness about the secretive drone war pounding Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, a top official said, mounting the firmest defense yet of the program. In a landmark speech on counter-terrorism “ethics,” Obama aideJohn Brennan insisted the program was legal, ethical, proportional and saved US lives. The top counter-terrorism official gave the most detailed justification…

Shooter at California religious college pleads not guilty

A Korean-American former nursing student pleaded not guilty Monday to killing seven people in a shooting rampage at a religious college in California. One Goh, 43 — who has refused to eat for several weeks — is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for…

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