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Guantanamo hearing spirals into notebook safety debate

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – The Guantanamo prison warden testified on Thursday that he banned defense lawyers from bringing spiral notebooks into client meetings because the metal spirals could be removed and made into garrotes. He appeared ready to demonstrate when the judge in…

U.S. warns of cyber attacks on medical devices

US authorities on Thursday warned makers of medical devices and hospital networks to step up efforts to guard against potential cyber attacks. The US Food and Drug Administration said implanted devices, which could include pacemakers or defibrillators, could be connected to networks that are vulnerable to hackers. An FDA warning…

Public kissing to be a public indecency in Swazi town

Kissing in one town in the kingdom of Swaziland could now land you in a bit of trouble. Love birds locked in spasms of romance in the town of Siteki have been forewarned: their amorous embrace may cost them a $12 fine. “Public kissing that is to the extreme and…

Police: Four people killed in St. Louis shooting

At least four people in St. Louis were killed Thursday in what police are describing as an apparent murder-suicide. Two men and two women were killed, police said. The shooter was among the dead. Multiple people were shot at the Cherokee Place Business Incubator in the 2700 block of Cherokee…

EU mandates all new cars be outfitted with device to call in case of crash

The EU wants all new passenger cars fitted out by October 2015 with a life-saving automatic dial-up system so emergency workers can speed to the site of a crash as swiftly as possible. “When an accident happens, every minute counts,” the bloc’s Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said Thursday on proposing…

Dubai unveils world’s tallest twisted tower

Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting a yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels. The 310-metre (1,017-foot), 75-storey residential Cayan Tower is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai…

Anti-immigrant lawmaker on first black Italian minister: ‘Won’t someone rape her?’

A councillor belonging to Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party called Thursday for the country’s first black minister to be raped, sparking an outcry and her expulsion from the party. “Won’t someone rape her, just to make her understand what victims of this terrible crime feel? For shame!” Dolores Valandro, a…

FBI director claims NSA spying could have prevented 9/11

Robert Mueller dismisses congressional concerns and vows to take action against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden The FBI has shrugged off growing congressional anxiety over its surveillance of US citizens, claiming such programs could have foiled the 9-11 terrorist attacks and would prevent “another Boston”. The FBI director, Robert Mueller, also…

Wrongful conviction lawsuit alleges top New York prosecutor ‘rewarded misconduct’

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica For more than two years, Jabbar Collins and his lawyer have pursued a multi-million dollar wrongful conviction lawsuit against New York City. They have unearthed what they claim is damning evidence of misconduct by prosecutors in the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. They…

Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant kills 1, injures 79

Update 3:06 p.m. Eastern: Reuters tweeted that injuries now total 79 and one person is now dead after all workers have been accounted for. By Jonathan Bachman GEISMAR, Louisiana (Reuters) – An explosion and fire tore through the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on Thursday, injuring 33 people…

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