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Father who sent 4-year-old son to day care with loaded gun pleads not guilty

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – The father of a 4-year-old who brought a loaded handgun to day care in Maine has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct, claiming the incident was unintentional. The man, 31-year old Adam Keene, of Madison, placed the loaded, semi-automatic .380 caliber pistol…

Criminal defense lawyers demand access to secret DEA evidence

By David Ingram and John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Criminal defense lawyers are challenging a U.S. government practice of hiding the tips that led to some drug investigations, information that the lawyers say is essential to fair trials in U.S. courts. The practice of creating an alternate investigative trail to…

UPDATE: L.A. police close inquiry into Scientology leader’s wife

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday closed their inquiry into the whereabouts of the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, a police spokesman said. The location of Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, had come under police investigation after actress Leah Remini, who recently left…

Three-day losing streak over: Stocks rise on better economic data

US stocks Thursday snapped a three-day losing streak, catalyzed by stronger Chinese trade data and better sentiment on the European economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.65 (0.18 percent) at 15,498.32. The broad-based S&P 500 tacked on 6.57 (0.39 percent) to 1,697.48, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite rose 15.12…

Fears of NSA surveillance hurting the U.S. cloud computing industry

American technology businesses fear they could lose between $21.5bn and $35bn in cloud computing contracts worldwide over the next three years, as part of the fallout from the NSA revelations. Some US companies said they have already lost business, while UK rivals said that UK and European businesses are increasingly…

American Legislative Exchange Council plows forward with pro-gun agenda

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive alliance of big businesses and largely Republican state legislators who co-operate to push a right-wing political agenda in the American hinterland, is continuing to wield outsized influence over gun laws across the US despite its promise in the wake of the Trayvon Martin…

White House rejects calls to boycott Winter Olympics over LGBT persecution

The White House shot down calls for a US boycott of the Sochi winter Olympics on Thursday as it tried to draw a line under recent disputes with Russia ahead of ministerial talks scheduled in Washington. Amid concerns that this week’s decision to cancel a planned presidential summit had set…

Former special education teacher guns down four people in Texas

By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) – A former Texas special education teacher, described by a colleague as a “gentle giant,” was suspected of fatally shooting four people and wounding four others in an apparent domestic incident late on Wednesday, police said. The shooting spree began in a home in Dallas…

Muslims celebrate Eid amid threat of violence

Muslims marked the Eid al-Fitr festival Thursday with feasts and prayers, even as bombings killed dozens of people in Asia and the threat of fresh violence loomed in the Middle East. A suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded 50 others, most of them policemen attending the funeral of a…

Targeted booze strikes: Aerial drone drops beer at South Africa music festival

Revellers at a South African outdoor rock festival no longer need to queue to slake their thirst — a flying robot will drop them beer by parachute. After clients place an order using a smartphone app, a drone zooms 15 metres (50 feet) above the heads of the festival-goers to…

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