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SpaceX to launch radar satellite network for Germany

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies won a two-flight contract to launch a radar satellite network for Germany, the company announced on Thursday. German satellite manufacturers OHB-System AG and Astrium GmbH selected the California-based firm, also known as SpaceX, to launch a trio…

Facing pressure from U.S., encrypted email service Lavabit shuts down

An encrypted email service believed to have been used by US leaker Edward Snowden shut down on Thursday apparently as a result of pressure from US authorities. Lavabit owner Ladar Levison posted a message at the website telling users that the he was pulling the plug on the secure email…

Two arrested in Canada for bullying rape victim Rehtaeh Parsons

By Peter N. Henderson (Reuters) – Canadian police arrested two men on Thursday in the case of a teenage girl who died after a suicide attempt that followed months of cyber bullying, including lewd photos of an alleged sexual assault that were posted online. The April, 2013, death of Rehtaeh…

Father who sent 4-year-old son to day care with loaded gun pleads not guilty

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) – The father of a 4-year-old who brought a loaded handgun to day care in Maine has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct, claiming the incident was unintentional. The man, 31-year old Adam Keene, of Madison, placed the loaded, semi-automatic .380 caliber pistol…

Criminal defense lawyers demand access to secret DEA evidence

By David Ingram and John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Criminal defense lawyers are challenging a U.S. government practice of hiding the tips that led to some drug investigations, information that the lawyers say is essential to fair trials in U.S. courts. The practice of creating an alternate investigative trail to…

UPDATE: L.A. police close inquiry into Scientology leader’s wife

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday closed their inquiry into the whereabouts of the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, a police spokesman said. The location of Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, had come under police investigation after actress Leah Remini, who recently left…

Three-day losing streak over: Stocks rise on better economic data

US stocks Thursday snapped a three-day losing streak, catalyzed by stronger Chinese trade data and better sentiment on the European economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.65 (0.18 percent) at 15,498.32. The broad-based S&P 500 tacked on 6.57 (0.39 percent) to 1,697.48, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite rose 15.12…

Fears of NSA surveillance hurting the U.S. cloud computing industry

American technology businesses fear they could lose between $21.5bn and $35bn in cloud computing contracts worldwide over the next three years, as part of the fallout from the NSA revelations. Some US companies said they have already lost business, while UK rivals said that UK and European businesses are increasingly…

American Legislative Exchange Council plows forward with pro-gun agenda

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive alliance of big businesses and largely Republican state legislators who co-operate to push a right-wing political agenda in the American hinterland, is continuing to wield outsized influence over gun laws across the US despite its promise in the wake of the Trayvon Martin…

White House rejects calls to boycott Winter Olympics over LGBT persecution

The White House shot down calls for a US boycott of the Sochi winter Olympics on Thursday as it tried to draw a line under recent disputes with Russia ahead of ministerial talks scheduled in Washington. Amid concerns that this week’s decision to cancel a planned presidential summit had set…

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