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Holder: Limit James Risen’s journalistic privilege in Jeffrey Sterling’s espionage trial

On Monday, the Justice Department argued that Fourth Circuit Court should uphold its July ruling that New York Times reporter James Risen was ineligible to claim reportorial privilege under the First Amendment, meaning that Risen would have to reveal if former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling was the source of information…

Facebook received more than 25,000 government data requests in the first half of 2013

Facebook said Tuesday it received more than 25,000 government data requests in the first half of 2013, with the largest number from the United States. The company’s first “transparency report” showed Facebook received between 11,000 and 12,000 requests for data in the United States, affecting between 20,000 and 21,000 users.…

Three more sick as Kyrgyzstan battles bubonic plague

Kyrgyzstan officials on Tuesday scrambled to control the spread of bubonic plague that killed a rural boy last week as three more people showed possible symptoms of the disease. The easternmost district of Ak-Suu in the Central Asian country was on lockdown while police guarded the hospitals where 15-year-old Temirbek…

New Mexico judge orders county clerks to issue same sex marriage licenses

A New Mexico judge ordered the county clerks in Bernalillo and Santa Fe Counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples on Tuesday. According to a press release from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Judge Alan Malott of the Second Judicial District Court of the State of…

Pedophile’s ‘lenient’ sentence reviewed after prosecutor argued the underage victim was the real predator

Earlier this month in London, Neil Wilson, 41, pleaded guilty to “two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child.” He was sentenced to eight months in jail, but the Judge Nigel Peters suspended the sentence for two years because his victim, who…

UN postpones Syria chemical weapons investigation over ‘safety’

The United Nations has postponed a planned new visit by chemical weapons experts to a site near Damascus on Tuesday over “safety” fears, a spokesman said. A sniper attack on the experts Monday forced the review of the plan to return to the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, said UN spokesman…

More than 40 Auschwitz guards ‘to face German justice’

German investigators into Nazi war crimes will send the files of more than 40 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors from next month, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Most of the suspects are aged in their 90s and they live in all parts of Germany including the former communist…

Chelsea Manning offers to pay for hormone therapy during jail sentence

Army Private Chelsea Manning would be willing to pay for hormone therapy during her 35-year jail sentence at a men’s military prison, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told the AP that she will not expect sex-reassignment surgery, while hoping officials at the facility at Fort…

Six-year-old boy has eyes gouged out in gruesome attack by ‘organ trafficker’

A six-year-old boy in China had his eyes gouged out, blinding him for life, reports said Tuesday, in a gruesome attack that may have been carried out by a ruthless organ trafficker. Family members found the boy covered in blood some three to four hours after he went missing while…

78-year-old custodian of world’s longest running science experiment dies after 52 years on watch

The science professor who oversaw the world’s longest running laboratory test — the Pitch Drop Experiment — has died after more than half a century on its watch, his university said Monday. John Mainstone, the former head of the Department of Physics at the University of Queensland, was in charge…

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