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NSA is collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers under secret court order: report

By Joseph Menn and Sinead Carew SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers, according to a secret court order obtained and published by the Guardian newspaper’s website. The order marked “Top Secret” and issued by the U.S.…

Microsoft joins FBI in major assault on one of world’s largest cyber crime rings –Citadel Botnets

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and the FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, have launched a major assault on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from bank accounts over the past 18 months. Microsoft…

Four men charged with manslaughter after Virginia State students drown in suspected hazing

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Four men were charged with involuntary manslaughter after two Virginia State University students drowned in the Appomattox River during an initiation ritual this spring, police said on Wednesday. The men have already been charged with hazing after seven male students were swept downstream…

Robot retrievers compete in $1.5 million NASA contest

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – Eleven robots faced off in a Massachusetts field on Wednesday, showing off their ability to independently track down objects in a hunt for $1.5 million in prize money at a NASA-sponsored contest aimed at speeding technological development. In the first day of a three-day…

IRS suspends two employees for taking conference gifts

By Kim Dixon and Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has suspended two employees – including one working on President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative – for improperly accepting gifts at an agency conference, two congressional staff members briefed on the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The…

Pennsylvania girl eligible for adult organ donation after ruling

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 10-year old girl with cystic fibrosis who had been kept off an adult organ transplant list due to an age-restriction rule will now be eligible for an adult lung transplant, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled on Wednesday. The family of Sarah Murnaghan, a patient…

Computerized dog collar can shed light on your pet’s activity patterns

The wearable computing craze went to the dogs on Wednesday with startup Whistle introducing a smart pendant that tracks physical activity levels and sleep patterns in canines. “Whistle was inspired by my love of dogs,” co-founder and chief executive Ben Jacobs told AFP as his pooch, Duke, darted about a…

Inbreeding caused albinism of famous ‘Snowflake’ gorilla

Inbreeding was the cause of the albinism of “Snowflake”, the only albino gorilla known to man which was a star attraction of the Barcelona zoo for decades, Spanish researchers said. The gorilla was captured in Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, after hunters killed the rest of its clan and…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning excelled at his job, court told

Bradley Manning, the soldier who passed a trove of secret US files to WikiLeaks, was politically outspoken but excelled in computers and did his job well, his army commanders said Wednesday. On day three of Manning’s court-martial, it became clear the prosecution will seek to prove that he was trained…

British actor Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide last year

British actor Stephen Fry revealed on Wednesday that he attempted suicide last year. The actor, comedian and writer, best known for his role in the long-running BBC comedy “Blackadder”, said he had taken a cocktail of pills and alcohol while filming abroad and was only saved because his producer discovered…

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