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Accused Ohio serial killer pleaded not guilty

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A man authorities have compared to an Ohio serial killer pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges he killed three women and left their bodies wrapped in plastic bags near his suburban Cleveland apartment. Michael Madison, 35, appeared in a Cleveland courtroom on 14…

U.S. prosecutors argue Manning’s leaks changed how military allows analysts to access data at sentencing hearing

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – As a military judge considered sentencing for convicted U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, prosecutors argued that his leaks of classified information to the WikiLeaks website changed the way the military allowed intelligence analysts to access data. Manning, 25, on Tuesday escaped a life…

Judge: Merchants owed millions in credit card fees ‘inappropriately’ inflated by Fed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday that the Federal Reserve ignored the intent of Congress regarding a controversial cap on debit card “swipe fees” that are part of a dispute between banks and retailers. The 2010 Dodd-Frank law called for the Fed to cap such fees, which…

Sen. Harry Reid: Obama has ‘long list’ of Fed chair candidates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told U.S. Senate Democrats that he has a “long list” of potential candidates to take over as Federal Reserve Board chairman next year, and his party will support any of them. Reid, speaking to reporters, said that while he believes former top White House…

Government releases declassified documents on NSA spying authorization

By Deborah Charles and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government on Wednesday released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering. The U.S. Director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents…

J.K. Rowling gets ‘substantial’ charity payout over leaked pseudonym

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on Wednesday accepted a “substantial” donation to charity from the law firm which leaked the fact she had written a crime novel under a pseudonym. Russells, which specialises in entertainment law, will pay damages to a charity supporting soldiers after admitting exposing her as the…

O.J. Simpson granted parole but still serves for other charges in prison

(Reuters) – O.J. Simpson has been granted parole in Nevada on charges of kidnapping, robbery and burglary with a firearm but the former football star will remain in prison on other counts, under a ruling released on Wednesday by the state Board of Parole Commissioners. The board stated it was…

Taiwanese pet owners rush to inoculate animals as rabies strain jumps species

Pet owners in Taiwan were rushing to inoculate their animals on Wednesday after the first case of rabies in a shrew was confirmed, fuelling fears that an outbreak of the disease is spreading between species. Health authorities on the island have been battling to contain a rabies outbreak among so-called…

Rihanna wins legal battle over Topshop T-shirts bearing her image

Pop star Rihanna on Wednesday won a legal battle to prevent the British fashion chain Topshop from selling T-shirts bearing her image. The Barbadian singer, who brought the claim under her full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, had sought damages for unauthorised use of her picture. Topshop, owned by billionaire British…

Ride-sharing companies like Uber may lose ‘bandit cab’ stigma in California

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Commercial ride-sharing services offered by moonlighting motorists but frowned on by licensed taxi drivers and some cities as “bandit” cab operations would gain new legitimacy in California under a plan proposed on Tuesday by state regulators. The draft rules to govern companies that…

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