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Disappointed Star Wars fans rage against Disney chief executive

Hell hath no fury like a room full of disappointed Star Wars acolytes: a Disney boss at a high profile convention in California has been booed after admitting he had nothing new to tell fans about JJ Abrams’ forthcoming Episode VII. Speaking at the annual D23 event in Anaheim, during…

U.S. Air Force to shut down space surveillance system over budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force will shut down its space surveillance system that tracks satellites and other orbiting objects by October 1 due to budget constraints caused by automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequestration, it announced Monday. Deactivating the system by October 1 would save the…

Full video: Eric Holder announces drug sentencing reforms

In remarks to the American Bar Association in San Francisco on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder called for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. He warned that mandatory minimum sentences had flooded courts and prisons with low-level drug offenders. Watch his remarks, uploaded to YouTube by PBS Newshour,…

California to enact first of its kind transgender student rights law

California Governor Jerry Brown (D) on Monday signed legislation to ensure transgender students have equal access to school activities, sports teams, programs, and facilities. Brown’s signature makes California the first state in the country to write protections for transgender students’ access to activities and facilities into law. In a news…

New York regulators launch investigation of BitCoin

A New York regulator Monday announced a probe into virtual currencies like Bitcoin, saying they could be used by drug traffickers and gun runners and threaten US national security. As part of the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter, the New York Department of Financial Services has…

Intelligence director introduces group to review NSA privacy issues

US intelligence director James Clapper introduced a review group Monday that will assess whether the right balance is being struck between national security and personal privacy. President Barack Obama on Friday pledged to overhaul US spy programs amid a debate sparked by the leaks of former National Security Agency contractor…

North Carolina becomes first state to enact voter ID following Supreme Court ruling

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday a requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls, making it the first state to enact new voting restrictions since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a Civil Rights-era…

Hackers who targeted media last year now targeting think tanks

The hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on “an organization involved in shaping economic policy,” experts warned Monday. The security firm FireEye said the original perpetrators “appear to be mounting fresh assaults that leverage new and improved versions…

Protesters hold sit-in to demand Obama stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Some 200 people staged a sit-in outside the US State Department Monday, demanding that US President Barack Obama stop the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Activists from environmental groups and civil society organizations held placards and shouted:”President Obama, stop the pipeline!” The proposal under debate pertains to construction of a 1,179-mile…

New finding suggests Neanderthals had more advanced tools than early humans

Sophisticated leather-working equipment found in a cave in France offer the first evidence that Neanderthals had more advanced bone tools than early modern humans, researchers said Monday. The four fragments of hide-softening bone tools known as lissoirs, or smoothers, were found at two neighboring sites in southwestern France, according to…

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