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New Windows operating system sent to computer makers

Microsoft on Tuesday began sending a revamped version of Windows to makers of computers, smartphones or tablets powered by the software. “We’ve hit an important milestone for Microsoft,” Windows team executive Antoine Leblond said in a blog post. “In many ways, this marks a new day for Microsoft, reflecting a…

Nissan to have self-driving car on market in 2020

Motorists could go hands-free, leaving their cars’ computer brains fully in charge, as early as 2020, when Nissan says it plans to have a self-driving vehicle ready for the market. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday that its “revolutionary” self-drive technology could be ready by then, and that it is already…

Measles-like virus blamed for Atlantic dolphin deaths

A virus that is similar to measles in humans is suspected of killing hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins since July, US officials said Tuesday. Morbillivirus infects the lungs and the brain, causing pneumonia and abnormal behavior, and is often fatal, experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The…

ACLU demands court strike down Nebraska ban on LGBT foster families

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska and local lawyers acting on behalf of three same-sex couples filed suit Tuesday against Gov. Dave Heineman (R) demanding that the state drop its discriminatory policy against allowing same sex families to serve as foster parents. According to Talking Points Memo,…

Girls Gone Wild producer Joe Francis sentenced to 270 days in jail after assault, false imprisonment conviction

Joe Francis, the producer of the wildly successful, but now bankrupt, Girls Gone Wild video “empire,” was sentenced in a Los Angeles courtroom today after having been convicted of assault, three counts of false imprisonment and one count of witness tampering. Francis has a long history of legal trouble: in…

Holder: Limit James Risen’s journalistic privilege in Jeffrey Sterling’s espionage trial

On Monday, the Justice Department argued that Fourth Circuit Court should uphold its July ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen was ineligible to claim reportorial privilege under the First Amendment, meaning that Risen would have to reveal if former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling was the source of information…

Facebook received more than 25,000 government data requests in the first half of 2013

Facebook said Tuesday it received more than 25,000 government data requests in the first half of 2013, with the largest number from the United States. The company’s first “transparency report” showed Facebook received between 11,000 and 12,000 requests for data in the United States, affecting between 20,000 and 21,000 users.…

Three more sick as Kyrgyzstan battles bubonic plague

Kyrgyzstan officials on Tuesday scrambled to control the spread of bubonic plague that killed a rural boy last week as three more people showed possible symptoms of the disease. The easternmost district of Ak-Suu in the Central Asian country was on lockdown while police guarded the hospitals where 15-year-old Temirbek…

New Mexico judge orders county clerks to issue same sex marriage licenses

A New Mexico judge ordered the county clerks in Bernalillo and Santa Fe Counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples on Tuesday. According to a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Judge Alan Malott of the Second Judicial District Court of the State of…

Pedophile’s ‘lenient’ sentence reviewed after prosecutor argued the underage victim was the real predator

Earlier this month in London, Neil Wilson, 41, pleaded guilty to “two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child.” He was sentenced to eight months in jail, but the Judge Nigel Peters suspended the sentence for two years because his victim, who…

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