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Obama speech on U.S. climate measures could come Tuesday: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is likely to roll out a number of measures on climate policy, potentially including a strategy to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, in a speech on Tuesday, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters. The potential move on power utilities, which…

Facebook admits year-long data breach exposed 6 million users

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has inadvertently exposed 6 million users’ phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the past year, the world’s largest social networking company disclosed late Friday. Facebook blamed the data leaks, which began in 2012, on a technical glitch in…

Pentagon flash drive ban has many exceptions

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon has granted many exceptions, possibly numbering in the thousands, to allow staff members who administer secure computer networks to use flash drives and other portable storage devices, department spokesmen say. The exceptions to policies barring the use of such devices could make…

Bill Clinton on NSA: Americans need to be on guard for abuses of power by U.S.

Former president tells Scottish audience there needs to be accountability and transparency when surveillance is used Former US president Bill Clinton has said Americans need to be “on guard for abuses” of power by the US government through its secret interception of emails and phone calls in the name of…

Original 1976 Apple computer expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction

Want an original 1976 Apple-1 computer? It'll cost you, a lot. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Beginning next Wednesday, June 24 – and ending on July 9 – Christies will hold an online auction titled ”First Bytes: Iconic Technology from the Twentieth Century.” According to Christies, among the Apple products up…

CIA agents training Syrian rebels since late 2012: reports

The CIA and US special operations forces have been training Syrian rebels for months, since long before President Barack Obama announced plans to arm the opposition, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Training for rebel forces covers the use of anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and has been carried out at…

Judge allows prosecutors to call George Zimmerman a ‘wanna-be cop’ during trial

Zimmerman trial: Prosecutors can call him a 'vigilante,' judge says (via The Christian Science Monitor) A Florida judge on Friday rejected a motion from George Zimmerman’s lawyers to censor prosecutors, ruling that the state is perfectly free to use charged references like “wanna-be cop” and “vigilante” to describe Trayvon Martin’s…

Brazilian mass protests change country’s happy-go-lucky image

In a matter of days, Brazil’s image as the emerging economic power to watch, and a fun-loving one to boot, has given way to that of an angry, noisy giant as seas of protesters fill the streets. After the intoxicating giddiness and visions of a limitless future that came with…

Candy maker Hershey pays $4 million for price-fixing

US candy maker Hershey on Friday pleaded guilty to participating in a chocolate price-fixing scheme and paid a CAN$4 million (US$4.2 million) fine. The company entered the plea at the Ontario Superior Court and, according to the Competition Bureau of Canada, received lenient treatment in exchange for its cooperation in…

Four feared dead in Canada as floods paralyze Calgary

By Nia Williams and Scott Haggett CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The heaviest floods in decades shut down the Canadian oil capital of Calgary on Friday, with an evacuation of the downtown core and tens of thousands of residents forced to leave their homes. Police said four people may have died…

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