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Study finds musical interaction cultivates empathy in children

Schools could one day add “empathy education” to their curriculum. New research suggests that understanding the emotional state of others is something that can be learned and practiced. According to a study published in the July issue of Psychology of Music, playing musical games can help cultivate a sense of…

U.S. indicts five hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history

By David Jones and Jim Finkle NEWARK, N.J./BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed…

House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

(Reuters) – Halliburton Co has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and will pay the maximum possible statutory fine, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday. The plea agreement requires court approval, and also requires the Houston-based company to…

Six ways Congress may reform NSA snooping

Although the House defeated a measure that would have defunded the bulk phone metadata collection program, the narrow 205-217 vote showed that there is significant support in Congress to reform NSA surveillance programs. Here are six other legislative proposals on the table. 1) Raise the standard for what records are…

Photographer charged over topless photos of Britain’s Kate

A photographer suspected of having taken topless photographs of the wife of Britain’s Prince William published last September in French magazine Closer was charged in June, sources close to the case told AFP Thursday. A second photographer is also under judicial inquiry, the sources said. The editor of the magazine…

Prosecutors charge 6 in credit card hacking scheme

By David Jones and Jim Finkle NEWARK, N.J./BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors charged six foreign nationals with hacking crimes, including credit and debit card thefts that authorities say cost U.S. and European companies more than $300 million in losses, and charged one of them with breaching Nasdaq computers. Prosecutors said…

Senate committee votes unanimously to sanction any country that takes Snowden

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel voted unanimously on Thursday to seek trade or other sanctions against Russia or any other country that offers asylum to former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been holed up for weeks at a Moscow airport. The 30-member Senate…

Military court hears closing arguments in Manning WikiLeaks case

Military court hears closing arguments in case which sees Manning face 21 counts relating to leaking of 700,000 documents The US government has accused Bradley Manning of transmitting hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks out of a desire for notoriety and a callous state of mind in which…

Giant blue ‘Hahn/Cock’ statue lands in London’s Trafalgar Square

A huge blue cockerel descended upon London’s Trafalgar Square on Thursday, but the artwork has ruffled feathers by putting the symbol of France in a site marking a famous British victory over Napoleon. Standing 4.7 metres (15.5 feet) tall and coloured a vivid ultramarine, the fibreglass rooster was sculpted by…

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