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Internet Archive asks for donations after fire damages library

The Internet Archive, known for its “Wayback Machine” which keeps websites even after they are shut down, is asking for donations after a fire damaged its scanning center. “Some physical materials were in the scanning center because they were being digitized, but most were in a separate locked room or…

‘Silk Road’ online drug bazaar says it’s open again

Silk Road, the online black market bazaar for drugs, hacker tools and other illicit goods, says it is back a month after the FBI took down the website. And in an unusual twist, the message about the reopening was signed by “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the supposed online moniker of the…

Germany and Brazil call on the U.N. to act against data spying

Germany and Brazil on Thursday called on the United Nations to back action to limit cyber snooping amid a backlash against US spying on its allies. The two proposed a UN General Assembly resolution which seeks special monitoring for “ensuring transparency and accountability of state surveillance of communications.” The resolution…

Get in line now: Next ‘Star Wars’ film to be released in December 2015

The first of a new series of “Star Wars” movies will be released on December 18, 2015, the makers of the legendary sci-fi franchise said Thursday. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, which…

‘Urban terrorism’: 10 shot and 3 killed in Detroit attack

Detroit police are questioning a person of interest in an attack on a local barber shop Wednesday evening that left three people dead and another six injured, WWJ-TV reported. “This is a violent act, and basically what I refer to as urban terrorism,” Police Chief James Craig was quoted as…

Final sketch drawn by JFK goes up for auction

A sketch of a boat, done by president John F. Kennedy the day before he was assassinated, is among some 200 JFK items on sale Thursday in an online auction. The pencil drawing, doodled on stationary from Houston’s Rice Hotel, will fetch an estimated $30,000 to $40,000, said the RR…

Saudi employers upset as labor costs soar after immigrant exodus

Saudis have begun complaining of surging labour costs following the exodus of a million foreign workers, although economists insist there will be long-term planning benefits from fully regulating the market. Professionals in the kingdom, both Saudi and expatriate, say the freelance tradesmen who used to queue for odd jobs in…

NASA ‘dumbfounded’ after Hubble telescope discovers six-tailed asteroid

A strange asteroid that appears to have multiple rotating tails has been spotted with NASA’s Hubble telescope between Mars and Jupiter, astronomers said Thursday. Instead of appearing as a small point of light, like most asteroids, this one has half a dozen comet-like dust tails radiating out like spokes on…

430 bodies exhumed from mass grave in Bosnia

Forensic experts have exhumed 430 bodies so far from a mass grave left over from the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, possibly the largest gravesite found in Bosnia-Herzogivina, officials said Thursday. “Remains of 430 victims have been exhumed so far and among them 275 complete bodies,” Lejla Cengic of the Bosnian Institute…

Senate passes landmark gay rights bill

The US Senate passed a historic gay rights bill Thursday that would prohibit companies from hiring and firing based on an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed 64-32, with support from both Democrats and Republicans. “The Senate has clearly spoken to end discrimination in…

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