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Court tells journalist Barrett Brown he can’t talk to the press any more

We just wrote about the ridiculousness of Barrett Brown’s case, in which he’s been in jail and facing a very long sentence mainly for copying a URL from one place to another, but also because the feds have been seeking a media gag. Tragically, the court…  …

Third arrestee death in four months for California’s Kern County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Department has no problem taking people into custody. It just seems to have trouble keeping them from dying. For the third time in four months, an arrestee has died while in custody. Back in May, Kern County deputies responded…  …

Are dolphins basically wet bats? Genetic study reveals surprising similarities

The sonar capabilities of bats and dolphins have similar genetic underpinnings, according to a new paper published in Nature.(Wilfredo Lee/AP) What does a dolphin have a common with a bat? Quite a bit more than expected, it turns out. A new paper published…  …

Woman charged with stalking American actor and activist John Cusack

A 45-year-old woman was charged with stalking US actor John Cusack, whom she allegedly pestered with text, Twitter and other messages for the last three years, prosecutors said. Elizabeth Diane Pahlke pleaded not guilty to stalking Cusack between October 2010 and Tuesday this week, when she was arrested near the…

WATCH: John Lennon reveals ‘torture’ of Beatles’ final album in tape-recorded interview coming up for auction

Recording their 12th and last studio album was nothing short of “torture” for The Beatles, said John Lennon in a tape-recorded interview coming up for auction this month. The Fab Four had just completed “Let It Be” in 1969, but had yet to break up, when Lennon and wife Yoko…

NASA unmanned spacecraft to study Moon’s atmosphere

NASA hopes to unravel more of the Moon’s mysteries Friday by launching an unmanned mission to study its atmosphere, the US space agency’s third such probe in five years. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is to launch Friday at 11:27 pm (Saturday 0327 GMT) aboard a Minotaur…

Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart would let prisoners ‘pay for freedom’

Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart has suggested that non-violent prisoners could pay their way out of jail and become tax-paying workers to boost the economy. In a column for the Australian Resources and Investment magazine, the mining heiress said the country needed more workers as the population ages, and getting…

A dirty job in Mexico City: sewer diver

Deep below the streets of Mexico City, Julio Cesar Cu is hard at work swimming in dark sewer waters in a diving helmet and dry suit, surrounded by rats, feces and condoms. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. For the past 30 years, the 53-year-old has…

Iran’s foreign minister condemns Holocaust: ‘We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists’

Iran’s foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists,” Mohammad Javad…

Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki retiring from feature-length movies

Japanese Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki said Friday he was retiring from feature-length movies because he could no longer maintain the pace — but would still go into work every day apart from Saturday. The acclaimed 72-year-old director said he had become too old for the kind of craftmanship and physical…

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