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Joint Chiefs: Army reviewing rules of engagement over cyber threat

The US military is reviewing its rules of engagement to deal with the growing threat of cyber crime, military chief Martin Dempsey said Thursday. Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the US military, said the review was in response to soaring cyber attacks.…

Italy bans sale of electronic cigarettes to minors

Italy banned the sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine to minors on Thursday and forbid their use in schools, amid criticism from a consumer watchdog that the move did not go far enough. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin “bans the sale of electronic cigarettes with nicotine to minors under the age…

‘Sopranos’ fans mourn Gandolfini at funeral

Family, friends and fans united in grief Thursday in an emotional sendoff for James Gandolfini, star of the hit TV series “The Sopranos.” Gandolfini, a three-time Emmy winner for his portrayal of emotionally vulnerable New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, died June 19 after a heart attack in a hotel in…

Marine’s 11-year war crimes conviction overturned

A US Marine sentenced to 11 years in prison for the 2006 murder of an Iraqi civilian has had his conviction overturned after a military court ruled his rights had been violated. Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins, 29, was jailed six years ago after a court martial found him guilty of orchestrating…

Grand jury charges Boston bombing suspect with killing four people and using WMD

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – A grand jury has indicted accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on charges of killing four people and using a weapon of mass destruction, federal prosecutors in Boston said on Thursday. Tsarnaev, 19, is one of two ethnic Chechen brothers accused of carrying out…

More than half of Americans disapprove of Obamacare

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans say President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul will make things worse for their families and the nation overall, a poll released on Thursday found, highlighting the challenges his administration still faces in winning over the public. Overall, the survey of nearly…

NASA telescope poised to probe long-standing solar mystery

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – A small NASA telescope was poised for launch on Thursday on a mission to determine how the sun heats its atmosphere to millions of degrees, sending off rivers of particles that define the boundaries of the solar system. The study is far…

Senate expected to pass immigration bill on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led Senate will vote at 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday on its landmark immigration bill, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announced. The White House-backed measure is expected to win strong bipartisan approval, and then go to the Republican-led House, which plans to draft its own bill,…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry vows to enact 20-week abortion ban

DALLAS (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday vowed that his state will ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and said that the democratic process was hijacked in the senate this week. The Republican governor’s comments to the National Right to Life convention in Dallas came a day…

UN: Nelson Mandela helped end ‘conspiracy of silence’ on South African AIDS problem

The head of the UN’s AIDS prevention agency hailed Nelson Mandela, who on Thursday was fighting for his life in hospital, for his role in breaking the silence and shame surrounding the deadly disease. “He was the one who really helped us break the conspiracy of silence,” Michel Sidibe, the…

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