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Naked cyclists protest aggressive drivers in Mexico

Thousands of Mexican cyclists rode naked Saturday to protest aggressive drivers and carbon emissions from cars — and the conservativeness of central Mexico’s Jalisco state — organizers said. Some 3,000 demonstrators — some bare head to toe, others in bathing suits or underwear — braved catcalls and embarrassed smiles from…

Non-profit news outlets face challenges

Non-profit news organizations have been making an impact in the US market but face financial challenges similar to those of their commercial counterparts, a study said Monday. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism said it identified 172 “active nonprofit news sites” launched from 1987 to 2012, created…

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director J.J. Abrams drops new hints about film

J.J. Abrams arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ at The Dolby Theater on May 14. He’s set to begin filming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ next year.(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/File) The prospect of “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams helming “Star Wars: Episode…  …

Rep. Peter King calls for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be extradited from Hong Kong

Politicians denounce whistleblower’s actions while civil libertarians hail him as a courageous hero The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was condemned by US politicians and threatened with prosecution by the country’s intelligence chief on Sunday after revealing himself as the Guardian’s source for a series of explosive leaks on cyber surveillance.…

Republican IRS agent says he instigated ‘Tea Party’ inquiries

By David Morgan and Kim Dixon WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy. In an official interview…

Ganges, Nile and Amazon seen suffering more floods from climate change

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – Climate change is likely to worsen floods on rivers such as the Ganges, the Nile and the Amazon this century while a few, including the now-inundated Danube, may become less prone, a Japanese-led scientific study said on Sunday. The findings will go…

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte endorses comprehensive immigration reform

By Caren Bohan and Paul Simao WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte on Sunday threw her support behind a sweeping U.S. immigration bill, calling it a “thoughtful” reform that would ease the burden of illegal immigration and allow companies to more easily hire qualified workers. Support from Ayotte, who…

James Clapper: NSA has filed a crimes report over leaks

The top US intelligence chief is seeking a criminal probe into bombshell leaks of government monitoring of Internet users and phone records, amid a furor over the secret programs’ threat to privacy. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed Saturday that US spy agencies use the PRISM program to gather…

Secretive U.S. bank deal alarms Swiss parliamentarians

A secretive deal aimed at settling a dispute with Washington over Swiss banks’ alleged complicity in tax evasion by Americans has caused uproar in the wealthy Alpine nation. Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf announced a deal last week that she said would put an end to the row that has…

White House ‘welcomes media interest’ in PRISM online spying program

The White House has said that it welcomes media interest in US surveillance practices, despite confirming that the Department of Justice is in the early stages of a leak investigation that may lead to criminal prosecutions of whistleblowers who revealed them. As the second of two secret US monitoring programmes…

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