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Computer forensics experts testify that Manning leaked classified documents

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Computer forensic experts testified on Monday that they traced a break-in to a secret U.S. government website to Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with the biggest leak of classified files in the nation’s history. The testimony came as the court-martial of the private first…

One third of Americans own a tablet computer

More than one-third of Americans use a tablet computer, with the highest percentage of users in the 35-44 age group, a survey showed Monday. Tablet adoption has doubled over the past year, according to the Pew Internet Life survey of adults in April and May, Unlike smartphones, most popular with…

European Union broadens access to pet passports for competition

Ferret, dog and cat owners got a boost from the European Union on Monday when it said it was broadening its pet passport scheme for animals that are taking part in competitions or sporting events. The current limit of five pets that a person is allowed to bring across EU…

Study finds more pests are growing resistant to genetically modified crops

More pest species are becoming resistant to the most popular type of genetically-modified, insect-repellent crops, but not in areas where farmers follow expert advice, a study said on Monday. The paper delves into a key aspect of so-called Bt corn and cotton — plants that carry a gene to make…

Activist Erin Brockovich hit with drunken boating charge

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich was hit with a drunken boating charge in Nevada on Sunday, according to published reports. Brockovich, once portrayed by actress Julia Roberts in a film about her fight with Pacific Gas & Electric, caught the attention of police as she attempted to dock at the Las…

Artist uses tombstone-style toilets to protest Cyprus financial meltdown

NICOSIA (Reuters) – A Cypriot artist found a novel way to protest over Cyprus’s financial meltdown on Monday, lining up 20 sculptures resembling a cross between toilets and tombstones outside the island’s Central Bank. Arranged in two rows on a pavement outside the building, the white “toilets” made of concrete…

Scottish novelist Iain Banks dies of gall bladder cancer at age 59

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) – Novelist Iain Banks, who enlivened Scottish literature for three decades with his dark humor, has died from cancer just days before the release of his 27th and final novel “The Quarry”. Banks announced he was suffering from the disease in April and said he…

NSA spying allegations mean U.S. could provide ‘virtually unlimited’ info on citizens to allies

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – Revelations of a huge, secret U.S. Internet spying program have raised awkward questions for allies, forced to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home. U.S. officials have confirmed the existence of the…

Trial of George Zimmerman begins: ‘One of the most polarizing cases’ in Florida’s recent memory

Sixteen months after Trayvon Martin’s death, jurors will tackle a simple question: did George Zimmerman act in self-defence? Almost 16 months after he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a confrontation at his Florida housing estate, George Zimmerman goes on trial on Monday for second-degree murder. The death…

3 Lebanese soccer players pleaded guilty to trading sex for rigging matches

Three Lebanese football referees pleaded guilty Monday to accepting free sex from a gambling-linked global syndicate in return for agreeing to rig a match, with a Singapore judge jailing two and deferring sentencing for the third. A district court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37,…

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