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Toddler recovering from pit bull mauling gets shot in the head

A Brooklyn toddler who had been recovering from a vicious mauling has been hospitalized after being shot in the head early Saturday morning, according to news reports. The 3-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition at Cornell Medical Center after being shot inside his second floor apartment in Flatbush-Ditmas…

Rep. John Lewis at the March on Washington: ‘I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote’

Invoking the legacy of the bloody assault he endured in Selma, Ala., Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) used the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington to call upon Congress to fix the provisions of the Voting Rights Act invalidated earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court. “I gave…

Four dead in North Sea oil industry helicopter crash

Four people were confirmed dead after a helicopter transporting employees from an oil rig crashed off the Scottish coast, police said Saturday, in the latest in a series of air incidents in the North Sea oilfields. French oil giant Total said the dead were all from contractor organisations. The helicopter…

Man arrested at New York’s JFK airport ‘with uranium for Iran in shoes’

A man was arrested in New York City’s international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to…

Linda Ronstadt says Parkinson’s stole her voice

Iconic US rock and country star Linda Ronstadt said she “can’t sing a note” anymore after Parkinson’s disease stole her voice. Though she was diagnosed just eight months ago, the 67-year-old singer behind 1970s hits like “It’s so easy” and “That’ll be the day,” said in an interview posted on…

How stolen Dutch art fooled even Sotheby’s expert eyes

A cunningly disguised stolen work by Dutch contemporary artist Jan Schoonhoven managed to fool experts at the world’s largest art broker Sotheby’s, who auctioned it in late June for nearly $300,000. Now Dutch police are investigating and questions are being asked how the modern art relief, sculpted in 1969 by…

Google buys virtual imaging patents from Foxconn

Google has bought virtual imaging patents from Taiwanese supplier Foxconn that could be used in its interactive “Google Glass” devices, according to a document acquired by AFP on Saturday. No details were released on the amount of the transaction. The patents relate to a technology that permits virtual images to…

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani points to chemical weapons use in Syria

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday pointed to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, several days after opposition groups said chemical strikes near Damascus killed hundreds. “The situation prevailing in Syria today and the death of a certain number of innocent people caused by chemical weapons is very distressing,”…

Do data analytics require new privacy laws?

In an Aug. 21 column in Wired, consultant Theo Priestley suggested that, while “Big Data” can be used to improve services and infrastructure, organizations often end up using data platforms to hoover up personal information for ads or marketing (…  …

‘Data is the new oil’: Tech giants may be huge, but nothing matches big data

When Nasdaq stopped trading this week, it again showed how global firms are at the mercy of a power that created them “Data is the new oil,” declared Clive Humby, a Sheffield mathematician who with his wife, Edwina Dunn, made £90m helping Tesco with its Clubcard system. Though he said…

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