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22-year-old Ohio man charged with homicide after confessing online to killing a man while driving drunk

A young Ohio man who confessed online to killing a man while driving drunk was charged with vehicular homicide Monday, court records show. Matthew Cordle, 22, was also charged with driving under the influence. “When I get charged I will plead guilty and take responsibility for everything I’ve done to…

City council in hometown of Westboro Baptists to debate LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

The city council in the hometown of the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church is set to debate an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Topeka City Council in Kansas plans to hear the proposal this week and formally consider the measure on September 17,…

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Monday on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action. After talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Moscow, Lavrov called on Syria to “place…

AOL subsidiary sorry for showcasing ‘Titstare’, masturbation simulator at tech conference

AOL’s TechCrunch faced a pummeling from critics as it apologized on Sunday for allowing juvenile and misogynistic “joke” presentations at its hackathon conference in San Francisco. “Normally our hackathons are a showcase for developers of all stripes to create and share something cool. But earlier today, the spirit of our…

Judges call for U.S. to declassify NSA radio intercepts related to 1961 death of UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld

Commission appeals to US to declassify NSA radio intercepts of warplanes in area where Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crashed An international panel of retired judges has called for a new United Nations inquiry into the death in 1961 of the UN secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, in an air crash in Zambia. It…

President Bashar Assad tells CBS: U.S. will ‘pay the price’ if it attacks Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Washington on Monday to brace for retaliation if US forces attacked his war-torn country, as he denied using chemical weapons against his people. “You’re going to pay the price if you’re not wise. There are going to be repercussions,” Assad told CBS television’s “This Morning.”…

U.S. Navy triples funding for clean energy in Hawaii to $30 million

) The US Navy has just pumped $30 million into the Energy Excelerator, a funding agency for renewable energy start-ups in Hawaii. That triples the agency’s operating funding over the past three years, and it gives the ol’ Bronx cheer to certain legislators…  …

Latest Snowden leak reveals NSA’s ability to tap your mobile phone

The latest article coming out of Ed Snowden’s documents is reported in the German publication Spiegel and details how the NSA is able to access data from basically every popular mobile phone/operating system: The United States’ National Security Agency…  …

Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother

Those sent to live and die on the Red Planet face untold risk of mental illness Since April, thousands of people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. Following further stages of selection and training, the plan is for the first four astronauts to lift off in 2022.…

Secretary of State John Kerry: End to Syria war must be political not military

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the solution to the Syrian conflict must be political not military but that air strikes were essential to stop the Assad regime from killing its own people with chemical weapons. “Let me be clear, the United States, President Obama, myself, others…

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