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Police probing missing Maddie case to analyse phone data

British police on Friday said they would conduct a “targeted attack” on mobile phone data of people who were near the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz when British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007. Detective chief inspector Andy Redwood said the phone data was now being cross-referenced with other…

Street artist Banksy excites New Yorkers with month-long graffiti blitz

World-famous, reclusive artist Banksy is loose on the streets of New York, hosting a unique show that has whipped up excitement among hipsters and the chattering classes. The England-based graffiti maestro, who has never been formally identified, has promised to unveil a new piece of art on each day of…

‘Walking Dead’ fan found guilty of killing ‘zombie’ wife

A man who posted an image of himself “and the wife out for a walk in the park” on Facebook has been found guilty of smothering her and dumping her body in the Mississippi River. Jeffrey Trevino was, authorities say, the only suspect in Kira Steger’s disappearance. When they searched…

Sen. Rand Paul: ‘We’re gonna win this’ government shutdown

At a time when many congressional Republicans confess that they “don’t even know what [they] want” out of the government shutdown, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is convinced that if Republicans stick to their “poll-tested” talking points, they can “win” this government shutdown. In a conversation captured by WPSD 6, Sen.…

Sixty-one percent of open-access science journals accept hilariously flawed ‘paper’ for publication

Today, Science reported that a fake article that “[a]ny reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted” had been placed in 61 percent of the 304 open-access journals it had been submitted to. The paper was authored…

Thirteen alleged members of Anonymous indicted on hacking charges

Thirteen alleged members of the loosely organized hacker collective known as Anonymous were indicted Thursday in connection with a series of online attacks on US companies and trade groups. The indictment unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia, charged the 13 with attacks between September 2010 and January 2011 on the Motion Picture…

Millions of credit card numbers and passwords stolen in Adobe hack

Adobe announced late Thursday that it suffered a major security breach that jeopardizes the personal information of approximately three million customers. Adobe’s chief security officer, Brad Arkin, wrote that “[o]ur investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the…

Miley Cyrus in tit-for-tat exchange with Sinead O’Connor

Former Disney teen idol turned bad-girl pop star Miley Cyrus hit back Thursday at Sinead O’Connor, rebuffing advice by the Irish singer that she stop prostituting herself for music business bosses. Cyrus, in the headlines repeatedly since her infamous twerking performance at the MTV Video Music Awards show in August,…

Silk Road, notorious haven for illegal online commerce, seized by U.S. authorities

There is a dark side to the Internet, and it can be used for evil as well as for good. A massive online bazaar hawking narcotics, weapons, forgeries, and other illicit items or services operated openly for years by relying on tools designed to safeguard privacy or foster a new…

Gov. shutdown stops NTSB investigation into bus crash that killed eight

The Tennessee bus crash that resulted in eight deaths and left fourteen injured will not be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board because of the government shutdown. “All of our highway investigators are furloughed,” Sharon Bryson, NTSB deputy director of communications told NBC. “I think it’s highly likely that…

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