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Cyber attacks hit Twitter and New York Times

Twitter and The New York Times were hit with cyber attacks, with credit quickly claimed by a group backing embattled Syrian strongman Bashar Al-Assad. The Times site remained out of service early Wednesday following the attacks that began Tuesday. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), ironically, used Twitter to tout its…

ACLU seeks to rein in NSA mass surveillance

The National Security Agency’s mass tracking and collection of Americans’ phone call data violates the constitution, has a chilling effect on first amendment rights and should be halted, accord to a court motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday. In a detailed, legal critique of the NSA…

Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity investigated over Facebook pics of drugs and underage girls

One of the largest university fraternities in the US was under a new police investigation on Tuesday after the suspension of a Florida chapter whose students set up a Facebook page allegedly advertising drugs and featuring photographs of topless or semi-nude underage girls. Officials at Florida International University confirmed that…

Obama administration asks court to force New York Times reporter to reveal source

The Obama administration is trying to dissuade federal judges from giving the New York Times reporter James Risen one last chance to avoid having to disclose his source in a criminal trial over the alleged leaking of US state secrets. The Department of Justice has filed a legal argument with…

British prime minister: We’re not considering regime change in Syria

Any action against Syria would be aimed at “degrading” the regime’s alleged chemical weapons’ capability, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday. After announcing that the British parliament would be recalled on Thursday to debate possible action, Cameron described the use of chemical weapons as “morally indefensible”. But any military…

France ‘ready to punish’ Syria over chemical weapons strike

French President Francois Hollande upped the ante on Syria Tuesday, pledging to “punish” the regime over suspected chemical attacks and boost military support for the opposition. “France is ready to punish those who took the vile decision to gas innocent people,” he said in a televised speech, pointing the finger…

Miley Cyrus criticized for appropriating black culture for her own profit

Miley Cyrus’s raunchy performance at the MTV awards has ignited an online firestorm, prompting calls for heads to roll at the station while leaving others wondering: what exactly is twerking? The former Disney child star, now 20, took to the stage at the awards ceremony in New York on Sunday…

Experimental drug cures 70 percent of patients with hepatitis C

An experimental drug combination cured 70 percent of patients with hepatitis C in early trials, offering hope of a simpler remedy for the chronic liver disease, US researchers said Tuesday. The phase II trial described in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) studied the effectiveness and safety of…

For unemployed black Americans, MLK ‘dream’ unfinished

Fifty years after the “dream” of racial equality invoked by Martin Luther King at the March on Washington, the reality is that African-Americans still suffer the most unemployment. Government statistics show the overall US unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent in July. But while whites had a jobless rate of…

New York Times says outage ‘most likely result of malicious external attack’

The New York Times said its website went down Tuesday after what appeared to be a “malicious external attack.” A security researcher said there were indications that the Syrian Electronic Army, which has attacked several media organizations, was the culprit. Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy made the announcement on Twitter, two…

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