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Eric Holder ‘confident’ of bringing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden ‘to justice’

The United States is confident it will bring Edward Snowden to justice for “extremely damaging” leaks about secret internet surveillance programmes, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday. Snowden is hiding in Hong Kong and the United States has launched a criminal investigation after the former CIA technical assistant…

Scientists discover ‘bonanza of black holes’ in the Andromeda Galaxy

There’s a party in another galaxy, and none of us were invited.  Scientists have discovered a “bonanza” of black holes in the Andromeda Galaxy, one of the galaxies nearest to our own, some 2.5 million light years away. As their name suggests, black holes are tough to find. These latest…

Farewell note found on body of California gunman who killed five in Santa Monica

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A three-page farewell note was found on the body of a California gunman who shot five people to death last week in Santa Monica, apologizing for killing his father and brother, who were among those slain, police said on Thursday. Police also revealed…

Native Americans decry eagle deaths tied to wind farms

(Reuters) – A Native American tribe in Oklahoma on Thursday registered its opposition to a U.S. government plan that would allow a wind farm to kill as many as three bald eagles a year despite special federal protections afforded the birds. The stand taken by the Osage Nation against a…

Newtown victim’s sister becomes gun control ‘accidental activist’

By Edith Honan (Reuters) – Jillian Soto was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a New England highway when she learned over Facebook that her older sister Vicky, a first-grade teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, had died in a shooting. In the six months since, Soto said she has become an accidental…

Britain asks airlines to block NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden from flying to the UK

(Reuters) – Britain has asked airlines worldwide to block American Edward Snowden, who leaked details of U.S. government telephone and internet surveillance programs, from boarding any plane headed for the United Kingdom, the Associated Press reported on Friday. The Associated Press, in a report out of Bangkok, said British officials…

Almost 500,000 without power in U.S. Mid-Atlantic

(Reuters) – Almost half a million homes and businesses, mostly in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states, were still without power early Friday following a series of severe storms on Thursday, according to local power companies. Duke Energy Corp, the biggest power company in the United States, was the hardest hit with…

NSA PRISM: Pentagon bracing for anti-government activism over climate change disasters

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has…

Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick (UPDATED)

UPDATE 8/25/13: In a strongly-worded piece, The Guardian’s Readers Editor repudiated the facts in this syndicated piece and said it would be taken offline by the newspaper. Raw Story awaits official notice from the paper and then remove it as well. The popularity of the bizarre practice, sometimes called ‘worming’,…

Study reveals ancient fossil Gogo fish had abdominal muscles

Palaeontologists have made the surprising evolutionary discovery that ancient Australian fish may have had abdominal muscles, previously thought to have only developed in land animals. Researchers mapping the oldest fossilised vertebrate muscles ever seen — in Gogo fish thought to be 380 million years old — worked out the position…

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