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‘World’s oldest’ Torah scroll found in Italian archive

The world’s oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said Wednesday the text could be from the 12th century. The precious lambskin scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was…

Mozilla and Foxconn collaborating on Firefox OS tablet: report

Foxconn and Mozilla are collaborating on a device that will run the latter’s Firefox OS, according to Reuters. Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.) is reportedly interested in diversifying its business beyond the manufacture of Apple products, which contribute a significant…  …

Northern California police chief pitches plan to allow residents to double medicinal pot gardens

A new proposal from Healdsburg’s police chief could allow medical marijuana users there to double the size of their medicinal gardens from what is allowed by state law. Under the new regulations, patients would be able to cultivate up to 12 mature plants and 24 immature ones. Put forward by…

Robots playing a larger role in operating rooms

The patient, a 61-year-old from Flemington, lay motionless on the operating table at Somerset Medical Center. He was surrounded by a team of nurses who helped remove his cancerous prostate. His surgeon, a urologic oncologist named Dhiren Dave, remained seated through almost the entire…  …

OpEDL: ‘Anonymous’ targets far-right English Defense League

Individuals claiming to be part of international hacktivist group Anonymous have published phone numbers and addresses for supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) as part of what they said was the first phase of a campaign to destroy the far-right street protest movement. An audio statement posted on YouTube…

Court saves Japanese teen who ran up $54,000 bar tab on dad’s credit card

A man whose teenage son ran up a $54,000 credit card bill in a champagne-fuelled tour of Japanese hostess bars does not have to pay most of it back, a court has ruled. The 16-year-old and his friend took his father’s platinum American Express card around luxury nightspots in the…

Dow hits new record as home prices rise

The Dow closed at a new all-time high Tuesday after strong gains in US home prices and consumer confidence boosted stocks. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 108.05 (0.71 percent) to 15,411.15, a new all-time high. The S&P 500 put on 10.58 (0.64 percent) to…

Walmart fined $110 million for dumping toxic chemicals in California

Wal-Mart was hit with $110 million in US federal and state fines Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal charges of mishandling hazardous waste and pesticides at its retail stores. The world’s largest retailer was fined for dumping hazardous chemicals in city trash bins and sewer systems in cases filed by…

Oregon student planned to be ‘the Russian grim reaper’ in Columbine-style attack

A judge set bail at $2 million for a US teenager accused of planning a Columbine-style attack on his school using explosives and guns, as macabre details emerged of the alleged plot. Grant Acord, 17, planned to declare “The Russian grim reaper is here” as he threw a “napalm firebomb”…

Two U.S. embassy personnel shot at Venezuelan strip club

Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club. “We can confirm that two members of the US embassy in Caracas were injured…

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