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Teen arrested for using app to “shoot” his classmates with a cellphone

Police arrested a 15-year-old high-schooler Thursday in Louisiana for “terrorizing” his classmates with a phone app that edits video to make them appear as though they are being gunned down Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s Capt. Dawn Foret told the Lafourche Daily Comet that the H.L. Bourgeois High School student, used a…

Sarah Palin sued for copyright infringement by New Jersey publisher

The North Jersey Media Group filed suit against Sarah Palin and her political action committee Friday, alleging copyright infringement over the use of an iconic photograph of a flag at Ground Zero taken by one of their newspaper photographers. The suit filed in Manhattan federal court by the publisher of…

Secret terrorism court orders declassification of its own rulings

The Edward Snowden leaks may have helped the ACLU win a victory in America’s most secretive courtroom Friday. Court cases before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the court that reviews requests by the NSA to wiretap suspected terrorists’ communications — are generally classified. But Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV…

Error delays Friday the 13th paycheck for 40,000 federal workers

Friday the 13th, indeed. About 40,000 federal employees working for the Interior Department didn’t get paid Friday as they had been expecting, due to a processing error. The error affects 40,000 of the 240,000 federal employees in 23 of the 42 agencies served by the Interior Department’s Interior Business Center,…

Massachusetts man planned to eat children, prosecutors say

Geoffrey Portway’s attorney says the man’s “fantasy world” posed no actual threat of harm to a child. But the 40-year-old Worcester man pleaded guilty in May to child pornography charges along with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to court documents, and the locked, soundproof basement with a…

Iran says U.S. no longer has pretext to attack Syria

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Saturday the United States no longer has a pretext to attack Syria, following a deal struck to eliminate that country’s chemical weapons. “The new situation means in fact that any pretext for the United States and certain countries to engage in military action against Syria…

Pop greats kick off Rock in Rio music fest

US diva Beyonce and French DJ David Guetta opened Rock in Rio, one of the world’s largest music festivals, overnight Saturday. Some 85,000 people are expected to show up for each day of the week-long event, which features 127 bands and artists. The opening night’s main attraction, Beyonce, took the…

Perky U.S. housewives, safari girl guides at London Fashion Week

Popular British trio Sister by Sibling took their inspiration from 1950s America at London Fashion Week on Saturday, but their perky collection would have had many of those suburban housewives choking over their tupperware. Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery created an image of “domestic glamour” with pastel colours…

Russian lawmaker charged with racism over ‘Obama banana’ image

MOSCOW — A pro-Kremlin lawmaker and former Olympic gold medallist faced a racism row Saturday after she posted a photo-collage of President Barack Obama juxtaposed with a banana on Twitter. Irina Rodnina posted on Twitter a photomontage that purports to show Obama and his wife gazing at a hand in…

Syria rebel chief rejects U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal

Syria’s rebel Free Syrian Army chief rejected Saturday a US-Russian deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014. “We cannot accept any part of this initiative,” General Selim Idriss told reporters in Istanbul. He preceded that by saying: “We in the Free Syrian Army are unconcerned by the implementation of…

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