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Canadian actress jailed for stalking Alec Baldwin

A New York judge on Thursday found a Canadian actress guilty of stalking and harassing US movie star Alec Baldwin, and of contempt, sentencing her to 210 days in jail. Genevieve Sabourin relentlessly pursued Baldwin and terrified his young wife Hilaria, Judge Thomas Mandelbaum told the court, finding her guilty…

Janet Yellen: ‘Imperative’ for Federal Reserve to boost strong recovery

Janet Yellen, the White House nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, said Thursday the central bank will do whatever is in its power to back a robust US economic recovery. “I consider it imperative to do what we can to promote a very strong recovery,” she told a Senate hearing…

Dianne Feinstein receives three times more cash from intelligence contractors than Patrick Leahy

Dianne Feinstein Receives Three Times More Cash From Intelligence Contractors Than Patrick Leahy (via Techdirt) While there are many bills that have been introduced in Congress in response to the revelations about the NSA (thank you, Ed Snowden), there really are only two that matter right now in terms of…

Online retailer threatens $3,500 fine against negative reviewers

Online Retailer Says If You Give It A Negative Review It Can Fine You $3,500 (via Techdirt) Lots of quasi-legal action has been taken over negative reviews left by customers at sites like Ripoff Report and Yelp. Usually, it takes the form of post-review threats about defamation and libel. Every…

Two U.S. Secret Service agents removed from Obama security detail for ‘misconduct’

Two US Secret Service agents have been removed from President Barack Obama’s security detail for alleged misconduct, The Washington Post has reported. The move came a year after the agency was involved in a prostitution scandal in Colombia. The Post said that Ignacio Zamora Jr., who it said was in…

Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova ‘moved to Siberian colony’

Russian prison authorities confirmed Thursday that Pussy Riot punk band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who had not been heard from for more than three weeks, had been moved to a Siberian prison colony. “Convict Tolokonnikova has arrived to the institution of the Russian prison service in the Krasnoyarsk region,” the region’s…

Anger erupts in New Zealand after defense lawyer told victim to ‘close your legs’ to avoid rape

Victims’ rights advocates in New Zealand on Thursday condemned a defence lawyer who told a rape victim she should have “closed her legs” if she wanted to avoid having sex. Defence lawyer Keith Jefferies made the remarks when summing up at the trial of his client, a nightclub bouncer who…

Bitcoin trading platform defrauds Chinese investors

An online Bitcoin trading platform aimed at Chinese investors has suddenly closed, leaving hundreds with more than 20 million yuan ($3.3 million) in combined losses, a newspaper said on Thursday. Hong Kong-registered Global Bond Limited shut down in late October and disappeared before users could withdraw investments from their accounts,…

Paul McCartney urges Putin to help free ‘Arctic 30′ Greenpeace activists

Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging him to intervene to help 30 people jailed after a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic. “It would be great if this misunderstanding could be resolved and the protesters can be home with their families in…

U.S. military presence in the Philippines could grow after typhoon Haiyan

US military footprint on Philippines could grow after typhoon Haiyan (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) A US military plane evacuates residents at Tacloban airport in central Philippines Wednesday in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan. (Bobby Yip/Reuters) Earlier this month, negotiations between the United States and the Philippines to sharply…

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