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FDA finally releasees draft of improved food import safety rules

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Long-awaited rules aimed at improving the safety of foods imported to the United States were proposed by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. The first-ever draft rules for safety oversight of imported food are part of a larger mandated food safety regulatory overhaul underway…

Even who we’re in a drone war with is classified

By Cora Currier, ProPublica In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret. At a hearing in May, Sen. Carl…

Ex-IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn charged with pimping

PARIS (Reuters) – Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be tried on charges of pimping, prosecutors said on Friday, capping an inquiry into sex parties attended by a man whose French presidential hopes were dashed by a separate 2011 U.S. sex scandal. Prosecutors in the northern city of Lille said…

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agrees to plead guilty to avoid death penalty

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro agreed on Friday to plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole for the abduction and abuse of three women over about a decade. Under a plea agreement announced in court, Ohio prosecutors agreed that Castro will not be eligible for…

Federal appeals court rejects Texas, Wyoming challenge to EPA curbing greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas and Wyoming to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to implement greenhouse gas regulations. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, split 2-1, said that the states…

Apple squeezed in smartphone market by competition from Asian manufacturers

The global smartphone market showed healthy growth in the second quarter, but Apple’s iPhone was squeezed by competition from Samsung and other Asian manufacturers, surveys showed Friday. Apple’s share of the global smartphone market fell to 13.1 percent in the April-June period, according to research firm IDC. A separate report…

Holder promises not to pursue death penalty against Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the U.S. civilian court system if he were sent home, the chief U.S. prosecutor wrote in a letter to his Russian counterpart this week. In…

Programmer Barnaby Jack dies a week before showing off heart-attack hack that can kill a man from 30 feet away

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Well-known hacker Barnaby Jack has died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to show off techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that he said could kill a man from 30 feet away. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office said he died…

Girl Scouts auction off plantation amid financial troubles

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – A historic Southern plantation in the United States will be sold at auction Friday by the financially troubled local Girl Scout council that has owned and used it as a camp for girls for almost five decades. The camp in South Carolina…

Japanese police arrest haiku killer suspect

Japanese police on Friday arrested a man who left a “haiku” poem when he disappeared after five people were murdered in a tiny mountain village. Investigators found Kosei Homi, 63, dressed only in his underwear early Friday in mountains near the hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, police and reports said.…

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