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Google CEO reaffirms company denial of ‘back-door’ access to data

Google chief Larry Page on Friday branded Internet spying a threat to freedoms and called for governments to be more revealing about what they try to find out about people’s online activities. “We understand that the US and other governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety —…

Bible sales outpacing ’50 Shades of Grey’ in Norway

Norway's hot new title? The Bible, now outselling 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Actors rehearse a scene from ‘Bibelen,’ a six-hour play based on a nontraditional interpretation of the Bible that is currently playing at the Oslo theater Det Norske Teatret in…

Cleveland kidnapping suspect indicted on 329 criminal counts

The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and raping three women while keeping them trapped in his home for a decade was indicted on 329 criminal counts on Friday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Among the charges levied against 52-year-old Ariel Castro were 177 counts of kidnapping, 139 counts of rape,…

NSA now looking through Twitter — for recruits

The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking for a few good cybersnoops. This week’s furor over top-secret collection of phone records and online data isn’t deterring the US government’s electronic intelligence-gathering service from placing help-wanted posts on its @NSACareers Twitter feed. Experts in computer security, malware or cryptography can apply…

Ex-car dealership employee faces charges after impersonating a cop with help from sheriff’s deputies

Last fall, Brian Sean Jones got into uniform, strapped on his gun and a badge and got in an unmarked Maricopa County Sheriffs Office truck. He made four stops that evening: one for a teen caught speeding, one of a suspected prostitute and her customer, one for a car driving…

Tens of thousands celebrate LGBT pride in Tel Aviv

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv on Friday for Israel’s annual Gay Pride parade, which attracts visitors from all over the world, this year including France’s first gay married couple. Gay, lesbian and transgender activists and sympathisers, draped in rainbow flags, took part in a procession of…

Sotomayor reflects on her unlikely rise to the top: ‘It’s like being struck by lightning’

From behind an imposing wood desk in her office at the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor reflects on her unlikely but very American rise from the Bronx to the highest court in the land. “To be a justice, that was a fantasy, not even a dream because it’s so rare,”…

Saudi prince sues Forbes for libel over claim he’s only worth $20 billion

LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has sued Forbes magazine for libel in a British court, alleging its valuation of his wealth at $20 billion was short of the mark by $9.6 billion, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. The prince, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder…

Obama to send envoy to Guantanamo Bay to consider closure

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff and two leading senators will travel to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Friday to consider how to meet Obama’s vow to move detainees and close the facility, a White House spokeswoman said. Obama’s chief of staff,…

Immigration reform backers insist bill will pass within a few weeks

By Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Friday plunged into a spirited debate on overhauling the country’s immigration rules, with a verdict likely by the end of June on legislation that could define President Barack Obama’s final years in office. The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity…

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