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Microsoft reverses course with Xbox One after gamer backlash

Microsoft handed gamers a victory by backing off plans for new-generation Xbox One consoles to require Internet connections and put restrictions on playing second-hand game disks. Microsoft interactive entertainment business president Don Mattrick on Wednesday announced in a blog post that the US technology titan was surrendering in the face…

Dianne Feinstein: Stop force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged the Pentagon on Wednesday to stop force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and called the practice “out of step” with medical ethics and international norms. Feinstein, a California Democrat who chairs…

Actor James Gandolfini of ‘The Sopranos’ dies in Italy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the acclaimed HBO cable television series “The Sopranos,” has died while vacationing in Rome, the network said on Wednesday. Gandolfini, who was 51, died of a possible heart attack,…

Tesla Motors recalls some Model S cars over problem weld

Electric sports car maker Tesla announced a recall Wednesday for some of its Model S vehicles over possible weak welds on back seats. The recall applies to versions of the four-door sedan, which costs up to $87,000, produced between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013. Founder Elon Musk said…

FBI director admits using surveillance drones on U.S. soil

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance. The acknowledgement came in response to questions from U.S. senators who said they…

Three U.S. Naval Academy football players charged with raping unconscious woman

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three U.S. Naval Academy football players have been charged with raping a female midshipman and making false statements, the school said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of sexual assault allegations in the U.S. military. The midshipmen will face an Article 32 proceeding,…

HPV declining among U.S. teens thanks to vaccine

The number of US girls with the sexually transmitted disease HPV has dropped by about half even though relatively few youths are getting the vaccine, research showed on Wednesday. Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and has been linked to cervical cancer in…

Serena Williams apologizes for saying Steubenville rape victim was ‘lucky’

World number one Serena Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam singles champion preparing to defend her title at Wimbledon, made an apology on Wednesday for comments in Rolling Stone magazine about a rape case. Williams was quoted regarding a case in Steubenville, Ohio, in a story about her posted online on…

Associated Press CEO: Sources will no longer speak to us because of phone monitoring

The US government’s secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a “chilling effect” on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP’s top executive said Wednesday. “Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us,” AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in…

Serena Williams on Steubenville victim-blaming remarks: They were ‘insensitive and hurtful’

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian World No 1 says of interview in Rolling Stone: ‘What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful’ Serena Williams has issued a statement in response to a furore created by her remarks regarding the Steubenville high school football rape case. In a Rolling…

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