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Three hurt in hard ferry landing at New York’s Liberty island

A ferry carrying tourists to visit New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty made a hard landing on Tuesday, lightly injuring three passengers, the coastguard said. The boat, carrying 497 passengers and nine crew members, made “a hard landing” upon arrival at Liberty Island, coastguard spokesman Charles Rowe told AFP. He…

U.S. court grants Nigerian asylum-seeker the right to testify about his own torture in immigration court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided today that a Nigerian man, Olakunle Oshodi, will be allowed to testify fully at his deportation hearing about the torture he suffered as a political dissident at the hands of Nigerian officials before he fled his homeland. The eleven judge panel, sans three…

Outgoing U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warns of ‘major cyber event’

Outgoing US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday warned of a “major cyber event” in the future that would have a “serious” impact on American society. In what she described as “a kind of open letter to my successor,” Napolitano warned of terrorist threats, major weather events and the…

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.…

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