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NSA funding North Carolina State University lab studying data analytics

North Carolina State University just secured a $60.75 million grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) to build a massive campus lab for the study of data analytics. The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) is expected to create 100 jobs in the…  …

White House: ‘Difficult to imagine’ authorities demanding destruction of hard drives

The White House distanced itself from Britain’s handling of the leaked NSA documents when representatives said it would be difficult to imagine the US authorities following the example of Whitehall in demanding the destruction of media hard drives. As a former lord chancellor said the Metropolitan police had no legal…

Worth $355 million, Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress

Republican Darrell Issa of California was 2012′s richest member of Congress, worth at least $355 million, according to a ranking published Tuesday. The congressman, who made his fortune in car security systems, topped the annual list of the 50 wealthiest lawmakers published by The Hill newspaper, a trade publication about…

Interior Department says Keystone XL pipeline impact report is inaccurate

The US Department of the Interior has criticised as “inaccurate” the State Department’s draft conclusions that the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on wildlife would be temporary, and has warned instead that it could have long-term, adversarial effects. It is the second major government body to publicly criticise State’s…

U.S. Air Force can’t find enough people willing to be drone pilots

The US Air Force is unable to keep up with a growing demand for pilots capable of operating drones, partly due to a shortage of volunteers, according to a new study. Despite the importance placed on the burgeoning robotic fleet, drone operators face a lack of opportunities for promotion to…

Tesla Motor’s Model S is the safest car ever tested

Tesla Motor’s fully electric luxury sedan, the Model S, isn’t just the best car ever tested by Consumer Reports. It is also the safest car ever tested by U.S. regulators. The Tesla Model S has earned a 5-star safety rating, both overall and in each individual category, from the National…

Soldier who admitted to massacring Afghan villagers faces sentencing

The US Army sergeant who massacred 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 was expected to face survivors of the assault and relatives of its victims Tuesday as his sentencing hearing began. Robert Bales, 40, pleaded guilty in June to killing the villagers, nine of them children, and to burning their bodies,…

Two ‘bored’ teens who gunned down Australian baseball player charged with murder

Two US teenagers who shot dead an Australian baseball player because they were “bored” were charged with murder on Tuesday, local authorities said. Chris Lane, 22, was shot in the back while out jogging on Friday and left to die after being randomly targeted by the teenagers in the small…

Guantanamo detainee complains of ‘psychological torture’

A Yemeni accused of the September 11 attacks walked out of a courtroom at Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday, claiming that the lack of food he received amounts to “psychological torture.” Ramzi Binalshibh, one of five men on trial over the hijacking and crashing of airliners that killed almost 3,000 people…

Al-Jazeera America goes live, woos viewers

Al-Jazeera America went live Tuesday, accompanied by a campaign of traditional and social media for its cable channel launch, as it pledged to outdo its rivals with serious, in-depth journalism. “We’re on the air! #AlJazeeraAmerica has just launched, and we’re live. Are you ready to take a new look at…

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